Laptop Has A Major Problem, Need Ideas

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Pete Holland Jr., Jun 30, 2004.

  1. Hey, everybody!

    I have an IBM ThinkPad T20, running a dual boot setup for WindowsME
    and Linux. On Sunday morning, everything was working fine. Sunday
    night, I tried to start it up again and it did nothing.

    I hit the power and I get the IBM ThinkPad logo and title screen. It
    probes the storage devices, and then it sits there. When I select
    Enter BIOS or Select Temporary Boot Device, it says it is opening the
    operation then sits there. I can't go anywhere from there, absolutely
    nothing works once the drives spin down.

    About a month ago, the laptop seemed to lose power in the battery
    backup, because I had to reset the clock a couple of times. I thought
    about replacing the battery, but the problem went away later that day,
    so I chalked it up as a freaky thing (Windows has trouble keeping the
    time correct, losing minutes constantly. Linux keeps it spot on).
    Was that a sign there is something far more wrong? If so, any idea
    what is wrong? I tried cleaning the removable drive interface and the
    drives themselves, plus booting without a removable drive in there.
    What else do I need to look at?

    Dobre utka,
    Pete Holland Jr.
    Pete Holland Jr., Jun 30, 2004
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  2. Pete Holland Jr.

    Duane Arnold Guest

    (Pete Holland Jr.) wrote in
    news::

    > Hey, everybody!
    >
    > I have an IBM ThinkPad T20, running a dual boot setup for WindowsME
    > and Linux. On Sunday morning, everything was working fine. Sunday
    > night, I tried to start it up again and it did nothing.
    >
    > I hit the power and I get the IBM ThinkPad logo and title screen. It
    > probes the storage devices, and then it sits there. When I select
    > Enter BIOS or Select Temporary Boot Device, it says it is opening the
    > operation then sits there. I can't go anywhere from there, absolutely
    > nothing works once the drives spin down.
    >
    > About a month ago, the laptop seemed to lose power in the battery
    > backup, because I had to reset the clock a couple of times. I thought
    > about replacing the battery, but the problem went away later that day,
    > so I chalked it up as a freaky thing (Windows has trouble keeping the
    > time correct, losing minutes constantly. Linux keeps it spot on).
    > Was that a sign there is something far more wrong? If so, any idea
    > what is wrong? I tried cleaning the removable drive interface and the
    > drives themselves, plus booting without a removable drive in there.
    > What else do I need to look at?


    You should have a specialist look at it. If the machine is under
    warrantee or has an extended warrantee, then send the machine in and have
    someone take a look at it.

    Duane :)
    Duane Arnold, Jun 30, 2004
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