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My IBM thinkpad a20m wont turn on

I bought it at an auction went out and got a brand new power cord but and the green battery light turned on but when i press the power button nothing happens. I need some help with this.

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A couple of minor things that could cause this is the battery and memory. Try starting without the battery. Then remove the memory and try it with one chip in, then change them out and try. If these don't work, then the problem will lie with the motherboard, and will need professional diagnosing in order to locate the problem board component.

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