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IBM t42 comes on, beeps twice and goes off, connected and battery

IBM t42 comes on, beeps twice and goes off, both while connected to power or on battery

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  • gesparza Jun 19, 2009

    Wow! you guys are pretty good there! Responding so quick!

    Yes, I'm getting a "Fan error" after a couple of beeps then the laptop shuts down. After doing a little research (duh!) seems like a new fan is in order. (?) can you confirm that? do you have an approx cost on the part? maybe a part #?



    thanx !!!!

  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson May 11, 2010

    Hi,
    There should be an error code on-screen before it goes off, try reading it and post back please.


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Yes it is the fan, get a can of compressed air and clean the air vents and the CPU fan with that, also i would check into the CMOS battery as it could be dead and needs replacing.
As the laptop starts up hit F1 when you see the IBM logo and check the date and time, that will be a clear indicator IF the CMOS battery is dead because it will not be the right date and time, it should however let you into windows if you put the date and time right (it may take a couple of attempts)


Good luck

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