Question about IBM ThinkPad T40 2373 Notebook
I had a very similar problem and got the same error message upon startup, but if I kept pushing the power button, my T40 would eventually boot. In my case, the problem only occurred after shutting down the computer, not after restarting. Eventually, I replaced the fan with a salvaged fan from ebay. It's not the quietest fan in the world, but it works fine now. There are instructions on fan replacement in the "ThinkPad Computer
Hardware Maintenance Manual" at http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-46464
If you use a used fan, clean the old thermal grease off it with isopropyl alcohol and a cotton swab before applying new thermal grease. I just used silicone-based stuff from Radio Shack.
Posted on Jul 15, 2008
I have the same problem with my fan and I've tried the air duster. Still making a noise. Help.
Posted on Jun 26, 2008
Before getting the fan replaced you may want to try to blow the fan with an air compressed duster. Worked for me. You do not need to take the laptop apart completely. There are 4 screws that holds the keyboard in place, unscrew the 4 and you should be able to pop the keyboard out. Once the keyboard is off you should be able to clean the fan.
Posted on Jun 05, 2008
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