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Re: think pad T40
It's possible that this is a hardware problem, but it sounds more like a loose connection to me. Start by removing the keyboard and checking all visible connections. You should be able to see the touch pad, keyboard, and screen connections with the keyboard off, and, yes, I realize that you cannot check the keyboard connection with the keyboard off, but you can when putting it back on. For some reason I keep getting people that love to point out the obvious lately, so I'll throw that in there right off the bat. Also check the hard drive to see if it's seated properly. If the problem persists, you may need to take the cases apart and check all connections on the board.
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Wait Black Screen? AFTER you changed the fan... hmmm... I think I know what the problem is. Okay solution one; You might of hit a wire or cord in the computer when you changed out the fan. Two: You might have the virus 223, get it fixed and it should be going again! Hoped this helped! :D
This is a common problem with IBM Thinkpad T40, T41, and T42s. They develop video issue due to over heating. If you want a temporary solution put some pressure the mouse buttons just below the keyboard and right above the touch pad. Press firmly with your palm when you start the laptop and the display should come back on. Or hold the laptop with your four fingers underneath and thumb on the mouse pad and lift it up so that there is pressure at the point where your index & middle finger are. This will improve the contacts of the chip that is causing the graphic card to malfunction.
We fix these issues all the time. However, it is not something fixable by the end user as it needs professional repair equipment and expertise to get the job done right as it is motherboard level repair.
The cost of this repair is relatively cheap now for IBM T40/T41/T42. It should cost you roughly $80 to $120 to get it fixed (in metropolitan area, in smaller towns repair shops will rip you off). If you are quoted more, then shop around.
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see if your touchpad settings have a setting that controls the sensitivity on the area around the touchpad where you rest your hands on the laptop. I forget what it's called, but most laptops have a setting to control that, so when you rest your hands on the laptop it doesn't affect mouse movement. When you rest your hands, if the sesitivity is too high, the mouse pointer will move when you place your hands to rest on that area.
Try taking the batter out and booting using just the power cord and Vice Versus'. Also when the power is plugged in does the charging light (Battery Indicator) blink or light up? If you know the Power Supply is good, then the Mother Board may have fried. If it's under warranty, take the Hard Drive out and send it in.
Hi, I presume you have a touchpad under your keyboard. Usually the hand position when you type is such, that it's very easy to
involuntarily lighlty touch the touchpad with the base of your thumb,
usually the right one, when you move the hand over the touchpad, mostly
in the up-left direction. This causes the cursor to move to some
other place, usually up and to the left, resulting in the next characters you type
being put in that place :) Try to keep your hands a little bit more
above the touchpad when you type. Also, many touchpad drivers have
settings for ignoring light touches/drags, try looking into these
settings in your pointing device properties. As an aid, I would recommend a soft gel wrist support, which automatically elevates your palms above the keyboard.
You can program the start menu to disappear and reappear when you bring the mouse in close proximity to the area where your start menu has been configured to appear, either on the bottom, left, right, or top of the desktop and which feature can be reconfigured by left clicking on the initial appearance or a subsequent appearance of the start menu and indicating your preference.
How to Reset an IBM ThinkPad Power On Password Using Hardware
If you cannot boot the ThinkPad, you will have to reset the IBM ThinkPad password via hardware.
If only the power-on password is set, do the following to remove the power-on password.
Power off the computer
Remove the DIMM cover on the bottom side of the computer.
Short-circuit the two password pads or put a jumper on the contacts to short the circuit.
Under the short-circuit condition, power on the computer and wait until the POST ends. After the POST ends, the password prompt does not appear. The power-on password is removed.
Reinstall the DIMM cover.
If both the power-on password and the supervisor password are set, do the following to remove the passwords:
Power on the computer by pressing and holding F1.
Enter the supervisor password. The Easy-Setup menu appears.
Click on the Password icon.
Click on the Power on icon.
Enter the supervisor password and press the Space bar.
Press Enter twice.
Click on Exit; then click on Restart.