Question about IBM ThinkPad A21m 2628 Notebook
My daughter had this laptop given to her a few years back. It wasn't brand new. Earlier this week she went to log on. The machine powered up and then the screen went blank, and now it flashes, looks like lightning, kind of. Nothing shows on the screen, though. Just flashes of light that last a second or perhaps even less. You can also hear the machine sounding like it will start but it just keeps going through the same sounds again and again. Then, you can't turn it off. She has to take let the power run out to shut it off. Seems like it has a mind of its own.
What do you think? A battery is necesary? Searching batteries, it seems they can cost as much as a new computer!? Any help much appreciated!
It could be a number of problems with the machine. The RAM could be faulty, power supply, HDD, motherboard etc
Unless you have the time, patience and parts, I wouldn't see that it is worth the hassle of trying to get the machine running.
I don't want to seem unhelpful, its just laptops are so cheap these days and also your daughter seems to have had some good use out of this one, it is probably worth replacing it now.
If your daughter has data stored on the computer, it is easy (if the HDD is not damaged) to recover it quite cheaply. You can buy a 2.5" Disk caddy, take the HDD out of the laptop and put it into the caddy. This will then turn the disk into an external drive and you should be able to retrieve the data of it.
Anyway, if you would like any further information, don't hesitate to contact me.
Posted on Jun 19, 2008
I think its probably just a display problem.. Try connecting your laptop to an external monitor and see if it works alright.. If it does then you will just have to replace the LCD screen.. let me know what happened so that we can follow up on this..
Posted on Jun 19, 2008
I had a customer's a22m Thinkpad doing exactly this today. It's definitely not the display as hooking it to a secondary monitor didn't fix anything. It appears to be a motherboard issue.
Posted on Aug 11, 2008
My ibm laptop wont work at all it doesnt even load up or turn on it is always off. it has nothing to do with the battery
Posted on Sep 25, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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