Question about IBM ThinkPad T42 Notebook
Hi Sam - The bad news is that your notebook fan has probably died. The good news is that if you hit the ESC key it will continue to boot and not shut off. It will run normally if you use it so the CPU gets a little air and ventilation.
For now you can place a book under the the machine at the rear (at the end of the book, so the book is only underneath the last 1-2 inches of the rear of the laptop and not covering the vent where you want air to flow). It would probably be alright that way indefinitely unless it's being used in very warm room.
Ideally the best solution would be to get the fan replaced by a repair shop which would cost about a $100+. The cheapest way to fix it permanently without repair is to buy one of the many notebook cooling pads available (they hold the machine and have 1-3 fans to keep the notebook cool) they cost $15-50 with the most expensive not always the best (Google for reviews).
there is a possibility that the fan is just very dirty and kind of stuck - to find out use a household vacuum with the hose part (with the laptop off and the power cord and battery removed) and vacuum (not for to long) at the left side rear, back rear and underside (again left rear) vent. If it boots without the fan error you're golden -- If not see previous paragraph.
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Posted on Apr 05, 2011
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