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My IBM think 40 locks down if moved, even the slightest movement lock it down, some time all sorts of video corruption on the screen.. Somethime to start up laptop I would have to press down on the section where the hard drive is located. please assist me.

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  • dasina Aug 25, 2008

    I have 2 IBM T40 ThinkPads, both having the same issues. Certainly seems like a loose connection. If I hold the laptop with 2 hands grasping the lower lefthand corner just after powering up, it will start up normally but don't bump it or move it or it will go out. I have opened up both and checked keyboard connections, mouse touch pad connections and hard drive connection. All are good. Next step, it must be some other loose connection on the mother board or in the area of the lower lefthand corner of the laptop. I was hoping to find a solution without breaking them down any further but it looks like I may have no other choice.

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    funlovin420 Apr 08, 2012

    I have the same problem with my t43 did anyone find the problem or a fix.

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    funlovin420 Apr 08, 2012

    Mine did the same up until the point where it quit working unless you press the spot where the hard drive plugs into the motherboard in between your fingers like vice grips and it has become useless.Has anyone found a solution to this problem?

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This is going to be a connection that has worked loose. You will need to check all connections to the motherboard. Start with the hard drive.

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