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Here are the beep codes for the Thinkpad:" Continuous beeping System board failure One beep; Unreadable, blank or flashing LCD LCD connector problem; LCD backlight inverter failure; video adapter faulty; LCD assembly faulty; System board failure; power supply failure One beep; Message "Unable to access boot source" Boot device failure; system board failureOne long, two short beeps System board failure; Video adapter problem; LCD assembly failureOne long, four short beeps Low battery voltage One beep every second Low battery voltage Two short beeps with error codes POST error message Two short beeps System board failure.
When you begin to boot the system Tap the F8 key. This will give you several options for booting Windows in different modes. Select Safe Mode and boot the system. Once in safe mode begin system restore by going to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore Follow the steps in the System Restore Wizard
The closest diagnostic code that matches what you're saying is the 4 (continuous beeping). This is a video module failure or system board failure. The T41 does not have a separate video module which indicates system board failure. If you can locate a T41 with a good system board on eBay for less than $50 then you could attempt a repair on the system. Otherwise the system is dead and its cost is greater than its value.
You can try the steps below.
Try removing the battery and plugin the charger and try turning on.
Do you see any thing displayed on your screen when you switch on?
Please mention the beep pattern, 2 beeps or continuous beep.
Hope this helps. Good Luck
The IBM Thinkpad has a very strong security system.
you are seeing a lock symbol when booting then somebody has set the supervisor
password. If you can't remember it or guess it (try "password", "admin", "pass", etc)
then you need to find the person that set the supervisor password.
the supervisor password is set the T41 is very well protected and it
can't be reset by removing the laptop battery or CMOS battery.
is a way to read the password from the protection chip but this is very
complicated and requires taking the laptop apart and building your own