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T30 startup problems...

I was listning to music on my laptop when the computer froze... I turned it off and tried to restart it but now it just freezes on the black screen with the IBM logo in the background. I tried to start in safemode it jsut stays frozen. I was able to push F12 and get into the Temp. boot device but it froze on that screen too. I did get it to start up all the way back to the desk top and it was starting up programs but then it froze again and I am back to square one. I did take the CMOS battery out and that didnt help either. The fan starts up and the computer seems to be on though. Any suggestions?

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  • eric doesntmatter Jun 28, 2007

    I removed one chip and tried to start it up and nothing happened, I switched the chips and still nothing, Then I tried the other slot and it computer beeped 4 times and still nothing...

  • eric doesntmatter Jun 28, 2007

    Every once in a while when I try to start it up it tells me that the time and date are wrong and directs me into the start up menue to change it but then it freezes on me again.

  • eric doesntmatter Jun 28, 2007

    Funny you mention that I have had several different sets of beeps, I have goten 4 sets of 4 beeps, 3 sets of 3 beeps plus one and then the one you described...

  • eric doesntmatter Jun 28, 2007

    I tried taking the hard drive out and restarting the computer but it doesnt even get far enough along to recognize that I dont have a hd installed...

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We can start with the easy stuff first. Move the memory chip to the other slot. Remove the small square plate on bottom of the laptop. You'll need a really small screw driver for this. If you have two chips, remove one and see if the laptop will boot-up.

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  • Raymond Scott
    Raymond Scott Jun 28, 2007

    This is very important. When it beeps. Is it one long beep and three shorts beeps??

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    Raymond Scott Jun 28, 2007

    You have a systemboard failure and a video failure. You will need a new systemboard. No repair this. I bought one for my IBM T20 off EBAY for $51.00. I had to bid for almost a week before I got what I wanted. But, anyway, the part numbers are, 26P8205,
    26P8328 ,91P7689 ,91P7692, 30L3045, 26P8433. All of these are systemboards (motherboards) for a T30 laptop. The difference is the size of the CPU chip, and just a few minor things. What is the model number on the back of the laptop?? Should something like 23-ZXXXX. I'll tell you what you need.

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