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IBM T30 - no screen - sortof booting

I gotta say that even in 2007 I prefer an old T30 to most other laptops. So I'd really like to get mine working again.

Was having the notorious bad ramslot problem for a while, then the problem went to the other ramslot. Of cause this resulted in the 1..234 beep 'no ram' error message, but one day it stopped doing event that.

So, I took it apart and extracted the motherboard to see if a touch up job on RAM slots might fix it. Also removed cmos battery. Was without cmos power for about 3 days. I hadn't read anywhere that this could be an issue.

Got tired of waiting for a friend to have some spare time to do the solder job so I put it back together, where the new problem occurs:

Powers up with normal green light activity.
HDD & CDROM powers up, but is not accessed by board.
Nothing on the external monitor.
Will beep now if no RAM is detected (removed both modules).
CPU fan revs up, then down, then up again in a cycle (this isn't normal).
battery still charges from mains

Is this a totally dead board or not? Is it fixable or should I just ebay for a T30 with a broken screen?

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I own a t-30 myself with all the same problems i am reading about not reading ram beeping on startup no screen display but you could here hard drive running before these symptoms started the first symptom i ever noticed was if i picked the unit up with my left hand on the left front corner to move it it would boot down and then would not re boot properly (no screen, beeping) until i would smack the case then it would boot fine note: ram slots are located in the left front corner. I always assumed i had a cold or broken solder joint on the main board the last week the thing started running flakey i noticed i was only reading one of my 256mb ram chips so i powered down switched the two chips to the other ram slots and rebooted i noticed one chip was really warm the other cold the comp. booted up perfect and ran perfect for 2 hrs. same prob. so i bought two new 512mb chips installed the and have had none of the above listed problems ever since

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Re: IBM T30 - no screen - sortof booting

Your screen brightness might be turned down press the “Fn” and “Home” keys to increases your brightness.
Try pressing the “Fn” key along with the “F7” key at the same time after your laptop has been powered up for a few seconds. Pressing these two keys at the the same time tells the laptop to switch between the external VGA connector and your LCD screen. If you still don’t have video try hooking up an external monitor to the VGA connector and press the same keys mentioned above to see if you get video.
Let me know if this helps.

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