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Thinkpad R51 will not boot

Today my Thinkpad R51 will not boot. Was fine yesterday. Start up process starts, Battery and Start lights come on, fan starts, Hard disk access light comes on briefly then stops. Then nothing further happens. Anyone any ideas to help?

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Try remove ALL media DVD.CD,USB,etc. Shut down, unplug, remove battery, plug in, reboot. Do you get anything on the monitor? Can you access the restore/recovery software? Open the Memory bay and reseat the Memory, open the HDD bay reseat the HDD, Reboot. If no change remove HDD, test, replace if necessary. Have you changed the CMOS battery?,

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have you check the temperature of your laptop. try 2 check on it through your bios. certain features of bios restarts itself when temp is to high to avoid from burning internal components

Posted on Feb 16, 2009

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SOURCE: My ibm thinkpad r51 is not starting up just

It appears the hard drive is faulty.
Does the hard disk LED flash when the laptop boots up?
Go into the BIOS configuration and see it the hard drive is detected, (then Startup - Boot - and look at IDE HDD0 it should list the make and model of the hard drive).
If the hard disk is detected it still could be faulty. To test the hard drive, remove the hard drive and connect it to an USB hard drive adapter and connect it to a working computer's USB port.
If the computer sees this as an external hard drive and you can open the various folders and files then the hard drive is OK and the fault could be the disk controller on the laptop's motherboard.
If the hard disk is not detected the it is faulty and you need to replace the hard drive in the laptop and install Windows etc. to get it working again.

Posted on Jul 15, 2009

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SOURCE: when starting the computer it does not boot up

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.

Posted on Feb 13, 2010

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SOURCE: will not start up no flashing hard disk light

not quite sure what the fault is yet as still looking into it, but i have read and tried this and it worked for me..(remove the battery completley and just run from mains). quite poss there is an issue with the battery.

Posted on Feb 27, 2010

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Tryo to perform a power drain first. Take out the battery then unplug to power adapter from the computer. Press and hol the power butron for 30 secs. Put everything back in then turn on the computer. If still no display, you may try using an external monitor just to make sure that this is not a LCD problem.

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