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My IBM T42 thinkpad would not start

My IBM T42 thinkpad would not start . The battery and AC power supply seem to be working fine. But everytime I start the laptop, there is a blank screen..the hard drive icon also does not blink.
However, if I persist and try starting it a a few dozen times, some time windows boots up




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  • Chris Hingee
    Chris Hingee May 11, 2010

    Try reseating the RAM and hard drive.

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I have IBM thinkpad when i want to open the laptop sometime its open but sometime it could not help me to solve this problem


Hi,


Im very sorry to hear that, please follow these simple steps for you to be able to isolate the exact problem.


1. Removed the battery.
2. Connect the laptop directly to the power outlet without using the battery just for the meantime.
3. Turn on the laptop. If the laptop is able to power on, that means that the AC adapter is working fine as well as the DC port. If the laptop is not able to turn on, it maybe the AC adapter itself or the DC port.
4. Try to use another AC adapter if possible, make sure that that AC adapter is working fine. If the laptop is still not turning on, the problem is with the DC port itself. In that case, you will need to replaced the Motherboard itself.


Hope this will help...Thank you for using Fixya...

Sep 13, 2011 | IBM ThinkPad T42 Notebook

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My IBM T40 boots to a black screen with the "z"(light at top to right of power.


Try these steps:

1. Remove battery and unplug AC adapter
2. Press power on button for 30 seconds or so (one min is also too)
3. Attach battery and plug into wall
4. Power "ON" as normal

If you are still getting the "Z" and a black screen then I would have the video card or hard drive looked at and replaced. Start with the video card and then look at the hard drive


thinkpad-t42-wont-boot.html">http://www.techsupportforum.com/hardware-support/laptop-support/234433-ibm-thinkpad-t42-wont-boot.html

Feb 17, 2010 | IBM ThinkPad T40 2373 Notebook

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My previously healthy Thinkpad T42, will not post.


Hi,
The Thinkpad T42 doesn't have a reset button on it like the older IBM's used to.

There could be a problem with the battery. With the machine turned off remove AC power and then the battery. Plug in AC power again and see if the laptop will boot without the battery.
If it boots let it load up as normal and then shut it down again, reinsert the battery and try to boot it up. If it boots fine, if not then there is a problem with the battery.

Please post back if you need anymore advice.


Good luck.

Jan 14, 2010 | IBM ThinkPad T42 Notebook

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My IBM T42 thinkpad would not start all of a sudden. The battery and AC power supply seem to be working fine. But everytime I start the laptop, there is a blank screen..the hard drive icon also does not...


Whops that sounds like a Mother Board Issue Common to IBMs.

What happens when you try to reload the O.S ? I would imagine it still shuts down. If over heats the computer will still turn on but not stay on, will shut down when the sensor on the CPU detectes excessive heat > 75 degrees F .

The problem is somewhere in the Power Supply flip flop Circuit System on the Motherboard most likely but thats academic!

You really cannot "repair" them, only replace them and usually that does not pay; the board costing more than the Computer is worth and Installing it is really a "Factory" Operation.

TIgar has a good selection of Levono Factor Rebuilt Notebooks (hint) lol :)

Aug 20, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad T42 Notebook

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IBM thinkpad t42 boot up problem.


The most common reason is memory.

First, try to reseat (remove and reinsert).

If still a problem, test one module at a time.

Hope this helps.

Aug 17, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad T42 Notebook

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Thinkpad T42 Hard Disk problem


Hello.

It seems the hard disk size will max out at 80GB with a 5,400 RPM speed according to IBM.

Im sorry to say that this means that it will not support a 120Gb hard drive.

Regards...
/Tech5508

Feb 14, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad T42 Notebook

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T42 is not starting


Try doing a manual system reset. To do this:
1. Remove battery and unplug AC adapter.
2. Press and HOLD power ON button for 30secs. at least
3. Put back the battery and plug back the AC adapter
4. Power ON the laptop as normal.

Jan 17, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad T42p Notebook

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IBM T42 does not start


Secondly, I need you to try to power it on while you press down firmly (really press down) in the area just towards the front of the space bar and just to the left of the touch pad assembly. Hold it down while it tries to go through the entire power up sequence.


happy! second worked... this actualy work for me it boot it windows normaly, it went to the logging proces as normal, it seems that some cable for the lcd has been lose i dont know can you explain Ron what causes this

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