Hi there. I just bought a T23 from eBay. Aside from the fact that the battery was defective (I expected this), and the hard drive missing, it looked OK. When I substituted a known good battery from another laptop and connected the AC adapter, it did boot up just one time. However, all subsequent attempts at booting failed - the fan starts to run and then it stops. Also, the laptop will not charge the known good battery (the LED goes from green to yellow), and the laptop will do nothing unless the AC adapter is connected.
Could it be that the laptop will not boot because it somehow senses low battery voltage even though the known good battery is fully charged??
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Re: IBM Thinkpad T23 Won't Start
Do you have a hard drive install??
laptop need a hard drive to start up. the one time start up you see before is just a accident. as far as battery not charge, that is the porblem you run into, when you get laptop from ebay (taking chance). you also need to download all of the drivers from IBM for the laptop.
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Try ejecting it and putting it into the other multibay to see if it works. What sort of symptoms is it exhibiting? It is probably dead as this is an old system and parts wear out over time, especially dvd-rom drives. These are pretty cheap and can be replaced easily. Make sure you save the dvd rom frame and ide connector from the drive as you will need this to apply to another drive.
I would return the drive if you bought it on ebay for a functioning one. Most reputable sellers will test items before shipment and refuse shipment if it fails testing. Other fail safes are having a period of time to test the item and return it if defective.
Try making sure your keyboard in plug in nice and tight. If it is, then consider replacing that first. I bought a used one on Ebay and that fixed my powering up problem. The power button wore out. Good luck!
I believe the T23 has a built in wireless slot located on the bottom under a panel. If so, you will need to purchase an internal wireless card and download the drivers for it. You can usually get a good deal on one at Ebay. Or, you can go to Walmart and buy a universal wireless card that slides into the bus port or usb port, depending on the card. Walmart sells universal wireless cards for anywhere from $25 to $125, depending on what you want. I suggest the $30 to $40 range, they will work fine for you.
First you can't load XP onto a hard drive using a Dell and expect it to work in the IBM. They are two totally different system configurations. If the IBM won't boot or read from the CD (after choosing CD/DVD drive from the boot menu) then the drive is bad and will need to be replaced.
Error 19990301 on a Thinkpad 600 usually indicates that the hard drive is not properly connected, and error code 19990305 signifies "no bootable device". So, it's the hard drive.
First of all, I would try removing and replacing the drive to see if that cures it. You can get the service manual from Lenovo at http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=LWIK-3SYPX2
If this doesn't fix it, the hard drive is faulty. However, small size hard drives (10 or 20Gb) which suit these older machines are very cheap on eBay.