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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:

Symptoms:
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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  • discostu Dec 24, 2007

    No dice. Thanks for the tip though, I always wondered what some of the other functions did.



    Seems to not be posting even though there is a positive sign from the lights.



    I think the strange fan behaviour might be an indicator of a bad problem, I'm just not sure what.

  • discostu Jan 22, 2008

    Hrrmmm. Not sure, I'll give it a shot next week when I'm back at my own place (doing a bit of travelling).

  • discostu Feb 19, 2008

    Hi again. Sorry for the big delay.



    Anyway, I've got got ahold of the aptop again and this time I just decided to press the power button one more time and see what happens. Well, the bios posted on the screen but after a few seconds of the ibm splash screen it said fan error.



    I opened it up and fiddled a bit, put it back together and this time it worked!



    However, the whole thing is still totally unstable. After trying to install ubuntu, it froze. Thinking this was just 'one of those things' I tried again, but it keeps freezing in different spots. I think the boards just had it, the one ram slot is still not working and I think the other slot just fizzles every now and then. Also, it's about one out of 20 shots it will boot. When it won't boot, it's the same problems as before the fan was fixed (IE, lights but nothing works, not even the little lid light).



    Oh, the laptop always recognizes a lack of ram on bootup, so I don't think having both ramslots dud is the problems.



    I'm going to ebay for a new motherboard, I'll post when it's done.

  • discostu Mar 11, 2008

    Hhahahaha, yeah I smacked mine around a bit too. Seemed to work for the first few times, but as always do this makes matters worse.

    Mine ran really well for a month after the first episode of bad ram and I fiddled with it for a bit (swapping modules, pressing down on it), I think the bad solder joint really is to blame.

    My last ditch effort to get this going again will be to ebay for a new motherboard as it costs way too much for a pro to redo the solder joints.

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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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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.

Posted on Dec 17, 2007

  • Lynn Smith Dec 27, 2007

    Humm... Does the fan still actup when the RAM is removed and the laptop beeps at you?

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