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I thought I would let you know that I posted a response to your solution...I didn't think you would know otherwise. In short, I don't think your solution solves the problem because I did switch out the memory chips individually.

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  • goose123 Jul 30, 2008

    I can't get to the bios because all that happens now when I turn it on is the fan comes on and the screen is black. I was actually in the bios, about to do a diagnostic when it froze up the last time.

  • goose123 Jul 31, 2008

    Yeah I figured that was what I would end up having to do. I have never replaced a motherboard on a laptop. I would imagine that as long as I replace it with the exact same model, I wouldn't run into any software problems that would warrant reformatting the HD, but what if the new motherboard has a different graphics chip?

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I see, now before you rate me, (cause I like my rateing lol) can you get to the bios? And if so, does this machine have a hard drive diagnostics test?

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    Ryan Rogers Jul 31, 2008

    I'm going to say that this is a motherboard component versus a memory problem, or like you had suggested, a problem with the memory slots. Most shops don't have the ability or the knowledge to test and repair motherboards, and will waste your time and monet trying just to tell you that you have to replace the motherboard. So, unless you can find a shop that will diagnose it for free, I'm going to suggest that you go ahead and replace the mother board, because it could very well ruin the new memory. I hate being the bearer of bad news!!!

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    Ryan Rogers Jul 31, 2008

    You can replace the board with any T40 series board, so if you want to upgrade to the T41, go for it. You won't have to reformat the drive, if it has different components, the hardware wizard will find them and install them if the drivers are there. If not you will need to go to IBM's support site and download the drivers. That easy!!! IBM's site has service manuals and component replacement instructions for their machines, you might take a look and see if they have them for your machine. If you have any more questions feel free to ask, I'll be out for the evening, but I'll get to them first thing tomorrow.

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