Recently, my house was blacked out while my T23 was plugged in straight to the power socket (not using battery).
Then, when the electricity came back, I turned on my laptop again and it prompted "Fan Error". and won't boot to Windows. I'm using Windows XP.
Anyways, I tried to boot several times and it's when i pushed the "ThinkPad" button on the keyboard, when the laptop booted to Windows as usual. But, now I realize that the fan is still not working as there's no sound of it spinning whatsoever.
What should I do now? I don't have the manual or setup cd for the laptop.
How can I diagnose whether the fan is still can work or not?
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Re: T23 fan error
This is a commin IBM issue fans going Bad ... to try and free it if it's just dust you can actually blow into the vent with compressed air and free up the Fan ... The IBM T series all check fan before powering up.
The replacement is not too difficult to do.
The safest air is the can type to blow in there.
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Get an electric meter ( such as a volt-ohm meter or a multi-meter) to be sure you do not make an error.
You should have 3 wires, each with a different colored insulation. The black one is HOT.
That is hooked to the smallest straight lug of the plug socket you will find in your house.
The white wire is ground, which goes to the larger straight lug of the plug socket in your home.
If you have a 3 holed wall socket, the green wire goes to the ground, which is the lower (round) lug on the plug.
God bless your efforts.
the motor is prob rated for 120-140 volts if your only getting 110 there is the problem see what the breaker is putting out at the box the light will still work but the motor needs enough amps to start sounds like a voltage drop issue
Check power adapter’s DC plug that connects into the laptop power socket with a multi-meter, the voltage should be slightly higher than the voltage that is printed on the label on the bottom of the adapter. If the voltage is zero or way below the voltage that is printed on the label then the power adapter is faulty and needs to be replaced. If the adapter is OK then connect it to the laptop and power it up, then look at the power/battery charging LED light and wriggle the power plug in the laptop's power socket. If the power/battery LED light flashes and in a certain position this LED light stays firm, then the power socket is either faulty or it has a dry solder joint where it is connected to the motherboard. This can be repaired but it requires the laptop to be completely dismantled to get at this power socket and repair. If you cannot DIY then I suggest you get a quote first.
It doesn't look to me that you're doing anything wrong there. Was there a specific installation requirement for the battery?
I recently changed my battery on my IBM/Lenovo and all that was necessary, was to let it charge fully before usage.
If you say your battery was charged for "a few days", then I assume there is something wrong with the battery. Next to your taskbar you should see a battery symbol. Double-click on it and you should see the Thinkpad Power Manager. If there is a tab called "Battery Information", see if that gives you more details. Look at the Manufacturing date!
If you really can't run the laptop without being connected to a power source, I would definitely return the battery or at least call the vendor. If your computer is running fine otherwise, there should be nothing wrong with the machine itself.
If you can take a screenshot of that battery information window adn post it here, I am happy to look at it.
PS: You're doing the right things when you try to use the laptop without an external power source - that's the whole idea, isn't it?
Do you get steady or blinking CHARGE indicator light on the laptop somewhere? If not, the WALL-Wart/External power supply or its connection is bad. This can be due to stressed wiring, bent DC socket or cold-solder joint where it mounts to the motherboard (inside case)... or bad outlet (house socket) or a blown PS
The fan cycling problem on the T23 series usually indicates a loose
solder or missing inductor which is usually on the underside beneath
the PCMCIA slot. If you replaced the mobo yourself you may have
flexed what is a weak solder joint loose - you will need to pull the
board and resolder this or have someone else do this for you. You
can sometimes get the laptop to start by flexing the assembled laptop
gently around the PCMCIA slot and if so then that almost always means
an inductor problem. You can find some photos by googling
(images) "T23 mobo" or "T23 motherboard".
I would unplug it and remove the battery. Plug it back in and try without battery, if it still doesn't work, unplug the power again and remove the memory (RAM). Plug it back in and try again without RAM, if it beeps then the motherboard is probably good. If you had more than one piece of RAM, try one at a time and see if you get it to boot with one of them.