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T42 only boots occasionally

When you attempt to power on, the system won't boot. Every once in awhile, it does boot and works normally. Problem is that its booting less and less often - there are some light changes when you attempt to boot, so doubt the power button is at fault. When it doesn't work, have to remove power plug and battery to reset. Anyone know what may be wrong?

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have u tried to do a system restore on it ? back to a week before you noticed this happening also you may want to try to run sfc.ece to scan the registry for any problems .

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Sound like the bios battery might not be charging, try changing this, its located on the motherboard.

you will have to refer to user manual if out of warrenty

Posted on Feb 16, 2009

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