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T30 boot problem

T30 with XP Pro. I was using the computer and it froze. Powered down and rebooted with no problem. Ran a registry check and found 41 errors. Most related to a bunch of shortcuts I cleared off my desktop. On reboot after registry repair, I got an error immediately after entering password saying the system had to shut down and if this was the first time I got this error to reboot. On second boot attempt, it locked up prior to the password screen. On third attempt, I was able to boot in safe mode and powered down. After that, I can not even get the IBM screen to come up. I removed HD and put it in a external drive kit and am able to read it, but have not run any other diagnostics on it. Tried a new HD with no luck. On occassion I get 3 or 4 sets of 4 beeps

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  • dfulper Oct 10, 2007

    Update. I was able to boot in safe mode and did a registry restore. When I tried to reboot a second time, I recevied the same error, i.e. "Windows had to shut down to prevent damage to the computer..............Check for viruses, do check disk, etc." Tried to reboot a third time in safe mode, but can not get by this warning message.

    Followed the advice given above regarding memory slots. Computer originally configured with 1 gig matched memory split between both slots. Slot-1 = slot closest to front. Slot-2 = slot in back.

    Computer sometimes will attempt to boot with both sticks in. Computer consistently will boot to error screen with original stick in slot-2. Will not boot if I take stick from slot-1 and put in slot-2. Gives a beep code of 1-3-3-3 with slot-2 stick in slot-1.

    Starting to look like that at least part of this is memory related. Not sure how to confirm if it is sticks or slots, and whether there is additional problems associated with Registry and/or HD. Does the warning message that I get imply that damage could have been done that would have affected one of these?

  • dfulper Oct 17, 2007

    I tried pressure on the memory, and was able to post, but then I would get an error saying that windows had to close down to prevent damage to the computer.  I could not get it to get past this screen, and I could not get it to even post with both sticks.  I would only post with one specific stick in slot #1.  I borrowed another T30 and put my hard drive in it and it fully booted with no problems.  I moved the memory from this computer (512K) to the bad computer and it also booted.  I thought great, I just have some bad memory.  I took the potentially bad memory (1 Meg) and put it in the good computer, and it booted with no problem.  So now I am really confused. 

  • dfulper Oct 18, 2007

    I realized I needed to do one more test, i.e. move the 1 gig memory back to the bad computer.  Sure enough it will not post with those sticks in.  So it sounds like the sockets are bad, but that this is only critical with 1 gig sticks.  So now my question is is it safe to run the "bad" computer with 512 meg sticks or am I flirting with disaster?





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Sorry, but probably your T30 (my favorite Thinkpad) has developed a problem with one of it's memory slots. It is an inherent problem with the Thinkpads. The way to tell is topress on the memory cover in a way that pushes the memory (or more to the point, the memory slots) into the motherboard. While keeping pressure on the memory, try to boot up. I use a T30, and have worked on several others, all have at least one slot with this problem. Also try taking out the memory which is closest to the front of the system, and pushing in on the remaining one. Hope this helps. If this is the problem, there are a couple of things you can do to keep it running, but probably with only one ram stick. Goood luck

Posted on Oct 08, 2007

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    jim walenciak Oct 10, 2007

    No, I think you have a couple of items happening simultaneously.
    First, keep #1 stick in slot 1 (slot closest to the network mini pci cover, or closest to the rear)the slot closest to the front is consistently the bad slot.
    If you have some foam tape (the kind which is sticky on 1 side and is about 1/4" thick), cut a slice about 1/4" wide, and long enough to run along the memory slot, maybe even covering a bit of the ram.
    Put the cover back on tightly. the foam tape will hold the slot down to the board.
    Then see what you have.
    I think the other problem would be solved by booting from your XP cd, and running a repair (the R after presasing F8)
    Good luck, let me know how it goes, ok?

  • jim walenciak
    jim walenciak Oct 18, 2007

    Well, I'm running a 1 gig stick in my T30, because only one slot works on it. I took it outtoday, put a 512 in, and it also works, where before it was inconsistent booting.

    My guess is, you're going to end up using 1 slot, so find the biggest stick that's compatible. You won't hurt it any more than the poor engineering is hurting itself.

    Good work. Nice visiting with you.




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