Question about IBM ThinkPad T20 2647 Notebook
I have an old T20 that has been working fine - I took it on a trip a few weeks back where it worked great. I tried booting it today and it simply is stuck on the IBM Thinkpad splashscreen. If you press F1 (bios) or F12 (boot), it will say it is entering those modes, but just hangs as well.
- reseating memory, harddrive and battery
- swapping this laptop's HD to a different T20 and that T20 will boot so I'm fairly sure it is not the local HD
- booting with battery only and with battery removed
- tried hitting F8 during boot (read this somewhere else)
Can any provide any troubleshooting hints? Thanks.
Sound like a memory chip has failed. Try removing the memory, I believe these have on board, but not sure. If it doesn't have on board, you will need at least one chip in. If the problem is still there, try removing the CD drive, occasionally they can cause a no start. If it's not the memory or the CD drive, then try a bios flash. You will need to create a bootable disc from IBM's support site using a different machine (obviously).
If the bios flash doesn't fix it, them the problem will lie with the motherboard.
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I would say the hard drive is failing. But need to run a diagnostic on it to be sure.
If you would like to know where to get the ibm / hitachi hard drive diagostic let me know. It's free for download and you can get a bootable ISO image to burn onto cd. Allowing you to boot from cd in order to test the drive.
As far as replacing, you should be good with a 60gb or 80gb. Did it orginally have a 20gb in it? I would say for most people, 60-80 is way more than enough. Unless you have a ton of music or pictures.
Oct 22, 2007 | IBM ThinkPad T20 2647 Notebook
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