I have an IBM T41 notebook computer, and it just recently quite powering on. I remove the battery pack and try to run it off the ac adapter alone and when I press the power button all the system lights flash quickly once, and then go off. Now when I try to power it on a second time the lights do not even flash, I have to unplug the adpater (from the laptop) and repeat the process and they blink again. The CPU fan does not come on so I know its not running. When the battery pack is inserted it will do the same thing only it will do it the first time and is non-responsive until I pull it out and repeat with the ac adapter.
Could this be a mainboard failure? Any thoughts or potential solutions would be helpful.
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Re: IBM T41 Power issues?
Could a MoBo failure or nothing more that a connector- solder problem.
I depends on your abilities- take it apart and have a look
Send it to a repair shop
Take it apart- shudder put it back together then send it to the repair shop
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Locked out how? With a password? You can't switch what off? Press and hold the power button until it shuts off or Just unplug it and remove the battery as a last resort. With no power source, it will cut off.
Yes you are right it sounds like a power problem. I know for sure that desktop computers still can calculate time even when not in use for several days. They have an internal power supply charged from the time it's plugged in. I'm not sure that the laptop would be the same but it very well could be. So I would suggest to fully use up the battery power and leave the machine disconnected from the wall for about one week. That way there should be no internal power at all left in the machine. Then see if there is any improvement. However, before you do this one week marathon, see if the machine boots from CD or floppy because if it does then it could be a malware or OS problem in which case you will need to do a repair install of the OS. But it's unlikely. If it still won't work even after you try the power depletion, then I'd suggest to contact IBM, tell them everything you tried and see if there is any possibility for a replacement part. If any of my suggestions help, please do rate me. Thanks and good luck. Hope it all goes well for you.