I have an IBM T41 notebook computer, and it just recently quite powering on. I remove the battery pack and try to run it off the ac adapter alone and when I press the power button all the system lights flash quickly once, and then go off. Now when I try to power it on a second time the lights do not even flash, I have to unplug the adpater (from the laptop) and repeat the process and they blink again. The CPU fan does not come on so I know its not running. When the battery pack is inserted it will do the same thing only it will do it the first time and is non-responsive until I pull it out and repeat with the ac adapter.
Could this be a mainboard failure? Any thoughts or potential solutions would be helpful.
An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points
An expert that got 10 achievements.
An expert that got 5 achievements.
An expert who has answered 1,000 questions.
Re: IBM T41 Power issues?
Could a MoBo failure or nothing more that a connector- solder problem.
I depends on your abilities- take it apart and have a look
Send it to a repair shop
Take it apart- shudder put it back together then send it to the repair shop
- If you need clarification, ask it in the comment box above.
- Better answers use proper spelling and grammar.
- Provide details, support with references or personal experience.
Tell us some more! Your answer needs to include more details to help people.You can't post answers that contain an email address.Please enter a valid email address.The email address entered is already associated to an account.Login to postPlease use English characters only.
Tip: The max point reward for answering a question is 15.
Lots of issues with 0176 error. Could be caused by a dead cmos battery or the system thinks it has been tampered with. I found a couple of clues for you;
The T41 Hardware Maintenance Manual gives the following instructions in case of error 0176:
"Run BIOS setup utility, and save the current settings by pressing F10."
To get into BIOS, you need to press the F1 key when you see the splash screen. I suppost that the splash screen on a T41 will display a ThinkPad or IBM logo, and something similar to "to interrupt normal start procedure, press the blue thinkvantage button".
The idea that a new motherboard might be necessary comes from the T41 Hardware Maintenance Manual. It says that in case the first instruction, i.e. get into BIOS and save current settings, doesn't fix the problem, a new motherboard should be installed.
You could try the following:
Disconnect the AC adapter from the notebook, disconnect all other cables. Remove the battery pack. Press the power button ten times in one-second intervals. Then press the power button again, and hold it pressed down for 30 seconds. Then install the battery pack again, connect the AC adapter. Press the power button.
Re: 0176 Security - The system has been tampered with
The padlock came up after removing the BIOS-battery. It is a security-feature and cannot be bypassed.
Removing the BIOS battery does not remove the supervisor-password but locks the system, if one hat been set to protect the computer from illegal use.
So either try to get the SVP from the previous owner ore replace the board.
Locked out how? With a password? You can't switch what off? Press and hold the power button until it shuts off or Just unplug it and remove the battery as a last resort. With no power source, it will cut off.
Yes you are right it sounds like a power problem. I know for sure that desktop computers still can calculate time even when not in use for several days. They have an internal power supply charged from the time it's plugged in. I'm not sure that the laptop would be the same but it very well could be. So I would suggest to fully use up the battery power and leave the machine disconnected from the wall for about one week. That way there should be no internal power at all left in the machine. Then see if there is any improvement. However, before you do this one week marathon, see if the machine boots from CD or floppy because if it does then it could be a malware or OS problem in which case you will need to do a repair install of the OS. But it's unlikely. If it still won't work even after you try the power depletion, then I'd suggest to contact IBM, tell them everything you tried and see if there is any possibility for a replacement part. If any of my suggestions help, please do rate me. Thanks and good luck. Hope it all goes well for you.