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A31 won't boot

My IBM A31 Laptop seems to power up but no screen display. Every now and then it will boot to the logo screen and then freeze up. I checked the ram and ram seems to be good. What should I do next

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  • kenlew67 May 01, 2008

    The problem is that it won't boot at all. Every now and then it will show the IBM LOGO screen but that is it. The fan runs, the lights come on and sounds like everything is working. However, I can't get to the bios to check settings or anything. I have removed cd drive, hd drive, ram and nothing happens. It doesn't even beep when I leave ram out. What should I try next?

  • WannaBGeek May 20, 2008

    I have a similar problem but my machine seems dead. The battery light comes on and it charges but I am not seeing anything. Prior to this I had a operating system not found message. I called IBM support and was told to remove hard drive and memory. After doing this I am not seeing anything.

  • Anonymous Jun 13, 2008

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  • tgobin Jul 16, 2008

    I am having a similar problem. Press power button and the sysem does nothing black screen. Sometimes it will show a colured screen with lines vertical.

    Not sure if the notebook is shot.

    Any help is greatly appricated.

  • avlk1474 Aug 03, 2008

    same problem won't boot HD light doesn't come on all the other lights do for a moment then only the Z light stays on as if it was in sleep mode.
    Sometimes i have been able to get it to start but now nothing seems to work.
    I tried removing and reinserting all drives ram battery.



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Try unplugging the AC power supply and running on battery. I'm having the same problem

Posted on May 16, 2008

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If your OS is Win XP then UR MBR has gone currupt . You will have to reload the windows or at least repair it.
1. in repair you wont lose the data but in fresh loading of OS in C drive will delete your data in My documents and at desk top.
2. if there is some important data there then first retrive it by making ur drive as slave in other PC and then do the format.

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there are also user manuals and hardware replacement manuals there.

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Go to and read the IBM Hardware Maintenace Manual.

If you really want a 15" display, buy a used T31 (eBay?) configured the way you want it and then sell yours.

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