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IBM Thinkpad A31 won't power on

I have an IBM Thinkpad A31 notebook computer (which I bought used). It was working fine. When I bought it, the dimm cover was missing, so I replaced the SODIMM and purchaced and installed a new cover. I also upgraded the OS from Windows 2000 Professional to Windows XP Professional (including service packs 2 and 3). Now it overheats and shuts down constantly, it crashes often, and the most frustrating thing it does is that it won't always boot properly. I turn it on, I hear the hard drive turning, the lights come on, but no display on screen. In addition to these problems, when it does boot up, sometimes it show that I have a 1.9GHz Pentium 4 processor and other times it shows that I have a 1.3GHz processor. In addition to these problems, the sound dosen't always work. If anyone can help me, I would greatly appreciate it. I'm an assistant pastor and at a small church and I really need this computer! The rest of the specs of my machine are:

512 MB ram
60GB hard disk

Thanks for any assistance

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  • tburl41 Jun 28, 2008

    Thanks! I'm going to try that as soon as I get off work!

  • wjoleary Apr 21, 2009

    My A31 won't start when turned on. The lights light up but thats it. When i remove and install the batery reconnect power it will start up but shuts of and a minute or two.

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Start by upgrading the bios for the motherboard. You can find the download at IBM's support site. Make sure to create at bootable disc with another machine, since your machine isn't functioning properly. This should fix the chipset issue and recognize the processor properly. Then reinstall XP and download any drivers, ie... sound, video, etc.., from IBM's site. This should get the machine working properly. If problems persist after you do this let me know and we'll go from there. Also, don't install service pack three, it's been known to create issues, only install service pack two.

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