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Won't start up

IBM A21...will not start up...LED's flash, internal fan comes on, then everything goes off. There is no other noise or lighting up of the screen. Whole process takes less than five seconds. REPEAT...same results.

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Please check this thread, it may be one possible answer to your problem-

http://www.fixya.com/support/t944088-ibm_thinkpad_a22m_2628_power_problem

Posted on Aug 20, 2008

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