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IBM ThinkPad T40 Hard Drive Plug in Problem

I own a IBM ThinkPad T40 and sell other ThinkPads but the problem with my T40 is it would freeze sometimes and I thought it was the HDD because when I push down on where the Hard Drive is docked it would load Windows XP Pro. and then after I let go it would freeze.

I took the Laptop apart and found out that the Area where the Hard Drive pins plug into is what it is. I don't know how to fix this problem other than push down on it. Its not broke, I never droped, spilt or smashed the laptop before and its still pretty much brand new.

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Re: IBM ThinkPad T40 Hard Drive Plug in Problem

Hi fletdog; I have the exact same HDD connector problem. There is an IBM document on T40 laptop, they do not talk about if and how to replace the SATA HDD connector at all. I seems only IBM engineers may know.

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The only question that matters as to the T40 HDD connector issue would be "is that ide connector standard?" If thats the case then its a simple matter of going to a component supplier and buying a connector and replacing it. So has anyone tried this already? Another fix I thought about is if you were able to make two small slits or holes in the board on both sides of the connector and get the smallest plastic zip straps you can find you could effectively press that down in place on both ends and problem solved. I am going to attempt this on a board tonight. The bottom line is, this is just another example of of shoddy manufacturing from an american company that supposedly cares about the customer. The truth is that piece is manfactured incorrectly in that its two seperate pieces on top of each other and the metal pieces interlock somehow to form the circuit connections. The problem with that is they used either some sort of glue or they heat pressed these two pieces together but should have had screws to ensure a secure tight connection! Why not?! They tightened the CPU down with so much torque you'd think they'd think to tack that down too. Unless they planned it that way to get money on repairs post warranty? Alright I won't start IBM conspiracy theories but I do think they just didn't think manfacturing through well enough. I'll keep ya posted on my experiment. Could be a good quick fix.

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I had same issue - you need a new MOBO due to the solder on the AT video chip failing due to flex. A temporary fix is to put a spacer about .4" on top of chip ( I used a piece of hard rubber or cork with aluminum foil shims ), right under the mouse /trackpad scroll key. . Tighten it down to put pressure onto chip , experiment with more thickness - the scroll key area will bulge up a bit, but laptop should be totally functional once you find the right pressure. I can carry mine around and shake it now and it still works. At some tinme the bioard will fail even with this and you can then part it out since the proper repairs are prohibitively expensive.

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Re: IBM ThinkPad T40 Hard Drive Plug in Problem

Its most likely the BGA RAM in the Video chipset circuit and not a drive issue.. These are a pile in my opinion but can be reflowed with varying results..

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