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Thinkpad T20 shuts down unexpectedly

Discussion in 'IBM Thinkpad' started by BobH, Aug 11, 2004.

  1. BobH

    BobH Guest

    This seems like a problem with the Thinkpads and I am not the only one
    who has it. I've searched the archives here and have bought a new
    hard drive (I needed it anyway, replaced the bios battery, taken out
    and reseated the memory, and run all the diagnostics.

    Someone suggested I take the cover off and clean out the interior of
    the machine, especially the fan area. I turned over the machine,
    pulled out all the screws and can't figure out how to get the cover
    off. Any suggestions?


    BobH, Aug 11, 2004
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  2. Perhaps you could try to reseat the processor, too.
    Hardware Maintenance Manual:

    monty cantsin, Aug 12, 2004
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  3. BobH

    MAG Guest

    A problem I've had on a T20 and a T30, where the system just went dead
    in an instant with no warning, turned out to be due to a faulty power

    Specifically, where the adaptor output cable met the plug that goes into
    the PC, there was an intermittent short. Whenever this short happened,
    the PC suddenly went instantly dead, even if a batter was inserted.

    In both cases, replacing the adaptor fixed the issue.

    MAG, Aug 12, 2004
  4. BobH

    Jim Walker Guest

    My T20 had two motherboards go out which IBM fixed under warranty. It is
    fairly common for motherboards to go out on the T20. The symptoms can be a
    complete and permanent failure or an intermittent one.
    Jim Walker, Aug 12, 2004
  5. BobH

    BobH Guest

    I've tried everything and nothing worked, so I tried one more thing, I
    took out
    hte second 256 memory module and now it's been running for 24-hrs
    straight! I haven't declared victory yet, but, it's looking good.

    Replacing the mother board is probably not an option as the machine is
    several years old and I'd probably just get a new one instead.

    BobH, Aug 20, 2004
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