My laptop recently drank rum and coke. When I turn it on the lights all come on, the fan is working and I can barely make out Thinkpad on the screen. Thats about it. Any quick and easy fixes? Or is this a dead alcoholic puter ready for the grave! I am not very knowlegable about taking apart. I tried opening it up but was afraid of screwing up something. Any chances of it coming back on its own...It happened on Saturday so it should be dry now. The computer was turned over so that most of it drained out. The puter was on when it happened.
Wow, I am not sure what Jimmy Buffet would do, but it sounds to me like the display inverter got shorted out. (usually $50.00-$70.00 for the part)
the display inverter backlights the LCD.
from past experience I can say that you will need a new keyboard too. around $50.00 for the part.
once the sugar of the liquor dries the keyboard sticks bad.
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This is a commin IBM issue fans going Bad ... to try and free it if it's just dust you can actually blow into the vent with compressed air and free up the Fan ... The IBM T series all check fan before powering up.
The replacement is not too difficult to do.
The safest air is the can type to blow in there.
Yes you have no backlight. The screen is all dark but in the back you can barly see it. You inverter is bad on you thinkpad. You need to replace it. I have a IBM thinkpad 600e and i got one for $9.95 so they can be cheap. They are located under the lcd. When you open it up it is there or can see that it is attached to the light dimmer swicth so you will know that is it. Thats your problem
The fan cycling problem on the T23 series usually indicates a loose
solder or missing inductor which is usually on the underside beneath
the PCMCIA slot. If you replaced the mobo yourself you may have
flexed what is a weak solder joint loose - you will need to pull the
board and resolder this or have someone else do this for you. You
can sometimes get the laptop to start by flexing the assembled laptop
gently around the PCMCIA slot and if so then that almost always means
an inductor problem. You can find some photos by googling
(images) "T23 mobo" or "T23 motherboard".