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R51 2887 NQ2 Thinkpad (not under warranty) not powering on. The problem appeared 3 months ago for the first time, but going through some forums, the problem got temporarily solved by removing the battery and repeatedly pressing the power button and then running the laptop on AC power without batteries. But now the laptop is recalcitrant to power on. I have tried changing the BIOS battery and powering on the laptop without the memory module and the hard drive. Without Success. I am disinterested in replacing the system board since I had the same problem in warranty and got the systemboard replaced but reappeared just after 4-5 months after replacement.

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  • Attesi Jan 24, 2009

    I have the same problem. I have 2 X R51 machines. 1 is showing the problem so I swapped the batteries, then the power adaptors. The first time I did it the bad one fired up OK, but the second time it was dead and has stayed that way. The good one is OK with either battery or power supply, the bad one is dead with either. I've tried holding the on button to drain the capacitors but no joy. Any ideas??

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First, the simple things need to be checked. Is the power supply line, from the wall socket to the computer input socket, in good condition. Best test is to try it on a known working Thinkpad or with a multimeter if one is handy.
Second, connect to an outside monitor to rule out faulty laptop monitor. If the known working monitor paired with the R51 works perfectly then you know it is your screen.
Third, does moving or flexing the computer by its base when running exacerbate the problem?

That will get some preliminary data.

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