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I can't get my IBM T30 laptop to boot up at all

I can't seem to get my IBM T30 laptop to boot up. I depress the power button and the following happens: The '1', 'A' icons come on, as does the moon (only for a moment), then the battery icon (green).....the '1' and the 'A' icons are no longer lit up...only the green battery icon and the icon beside it (circle with a lightning bolt thru it)...... That's all that happens..... No image on the screen at all No fan noises I've disconnected / reconnected everything I've tried booting without and with the battery I am at a loss.

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  • randalicious May 12, 2008

    My prob is the same.  I have removed the CMOS battery and replaced it, but no change--black screen and no boot, no F1/F10 option screen.

  • bynuma Jul 08, 2008

    Hi. My daughter's T-30 stopped working. No lights, no noise, no nothing. When I push the on/off button, nothing happens. I thought it was the battery so I replaced it but it still doesn't work. Could the small round battery under the big one have anything to do with it? Is there a fuse that blows or a circut breaker? Please let me know. Thanks. Alan Bynum

  • msevagan Jul 22, 2008

    I can't get my IBM T30 Laptop to boot up, While pressing the power button only '1', 'A', screen adjust indicator is On for a while then Off. The battery indicator lit up in Orange color. Nothing appear in sceen.

    BIOS not booting.

  • Anuviv Aug 18, 2008

    i had hibernated my machine three days back, now when i switch it is not soon as i press the poweron button....the 1,A,Screen adjustment and ligthing sign lights up for a second, after that only the ligthing sign lights up and i can hear the fan sound...but nothing else after that....

  • Anonymous Oct 14, 2008

    yea I have same problem and when I turn it on all the lights go on but in like 2 sec. it only lights up the lighting bolt.and also put it in charge

    but that still doesnot work.O yea I can hear the fan in mine

  • runsnines Oct 26, 2008

    same thing happens to mine, but... it I try to power up enough times (sometimes as much as 50 attempts) it seems like the hard drive kicks in and everything comes on. I also noticed that if I get it into "sleep" mode (lights up the moon icon) it will come back on right away. There is only a problem if it gets completely powered down.

  • Anonymous Nov 13, 2008

    I have the same problem booting up. I found that one or both of the RAM slots are bad. There has been a service bulliten issued but not to the owners like us, but to the service companies that repair them. A local repair shop actually put a piece of cardboard under the cover to push down on my memory and slots and that worked for a while but as the cardboard got compressed or whatever was loose, became looser, it failed again. I am now searching for a replacement mother board because I can't afford another laptop. Good luck!

  • mrkeim May 05, 2009

    have exactly the same problem, with identical symptoms described here. I
    already tried to disassemble fully the machine and put together again, but no
    change of the above described behavior.



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I need help to reboot my ibm t30 plz

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It may have a faulty motherboard or it is stuck in hibernation. To take it from hibernation you need to licate the CMOS battery, know this is where the problem starts. The battery (Small disc shaped, probably covered with tape.) could be underneath the notebook. If you turn it over there should be compartments where the memory harddrive etc reside, it could be in those places or even under the keyboard. If you are not too sure as you have to be very carefull, take it to a qualified repairer.

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Had this same issue:
Systems powers on
CPU fans spin up
Hard disk spins up
But, blank screen, not BIOS POST

I followed Solution #6.
This helped me that realize that both memory sticks are still good, because both of them worked in only one memory slot/bus. But one of the memory slot/bus, the one facing to the front, has gone bad.

How does a slot go bad.

So the next questions are:
Can thise be serviced?
If so, how much will it cost?

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MissPriss is right, I just recently received a Hp Pavilion dv1000 free, as a gift. I hit the power switch, even held it down for a while...nothing happend. I then proceeded to take the bottom of the laptop off, and removed almost everything from the motherboard, then, finding no problems, re-attached everything and then i found this post about the ac adapter. I then reconnected the adapter, and if you do this right it works people...connect the adapter and while holding down the power button, move the adapter a bit "where it enters your laptop" and hold it in a different spot for awhile...and you will notice your laptop trying to boot but the ac adapter is just headed out to purchase one...thanks all

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I think laptop switch probelm

Posted on Jul 08, 2008

I can tell you right now the problem is with the ac adaptor. I have had this problem off and on for over 6-8 months, have bought numerous power adapters (IBM Thinkpad brand), but eventually each and everyone of them die. I just dealt with this again today. I have two IBM Thinkpads, an R30 and a T30. I switched outthe ac adaptor using the one from the R30, and lo and behold - I am back in business. It's kind of expensive continuing to buy adaptors, but that is the problem!

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I had the same problem with the laptop suddenly stopping booting, and no display. I tried different memory modules, but to no avail. In the end, I found that if I kept the modules pushed down flat on the back (there is a bit of a spring in the modules when they are correctly inserted), then it booted fine, but when I stopped pressing them down, it imstantly crashed & wouldn't boot again. So I put some bluetack on the back of the modules, and screwed the cover back on over them. This permanently fixed my booting issues. However, the laptop only seems to recognise the inner slot now, and not the second one nearest the outer edge of the case. But at least it boots, and works.

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Your laptop will also not boot if there is no RAM available. It may be that the memory card(s) are not seated well or the memory bus is bad. I experienced similarly problems while trouble shooting memory problems. Try reinstalling the memory boards one at a time. Take one board and test it in each slot. If the first board does not work in either slot, set it aside as suspect. Try the second board alternately in each slot. If one or both work in one slot you know both the card and the bus slot is good. If none of the four combinations work you may either have bad memory boards or a bad memory bus. Sometimes cleaning the pin slots out with compressed air and making sure the boards are securely seated will get the memory to work. Good Luck! Peter

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