Question about IBM ThinkPad T40 2373 Notebook
My laptop turns on, fan runs but nothing happens. I switched the RAM memory chip on the top with the one on the bottom (and left the bottom memory slot empty). It started up but then froze. Turned off, then back on and went into bios settings, but it froze again. Turned off, then back on, and it started doing the same thing again where laptop turns on, fan turns on, but nothing happens.
Anybody run into the same problem? There must be something in the top memory slot causing the memory to short out. I ordered more memory, but am reluctant to put it in, because I don't want to ruin more memory. My next step I'm considering taking is ordering a new motherboard. This is an old computer so I don't want to sink a lot of money into it, but it does still get used daily.
This does sound like a memory problem, and it more likely that a memory chip is bad versus the memory slot. The slots will be numbered 1&2, the memory will generally work in either, but the 1 slot is preferred. Try starting with just one chip in, try both slots, then try the other chip. It may just be one chip that is bad. If it is the slot, it shouldn't hurt the chip, but the motherboard will need replaced in order to fix it.
Posted on Jul 30, 2008
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