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Stuck at IBM Thinkpad Splash Screen

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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.

I've tried:

- 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.

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  • cpc97 Jun 27, 2008

    Thanks for the tip, I'll give that a shot!

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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.

Posted on Jun 27, 2008

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