What is the problem with dead IBM ThinkPads?

Discussion in 'IBM' started by Rick, Jul 30, 2006.

  1. Rick

    Rick Guest

    Does anyone know the official IBM explanation as to why some ThinkPads
    go dead without warning and refuse to power on?

    This just happened to my A21m Thinkpad after being unplugged and unused
    for about 60 days. Plug it in, battery charge light goes on, hit the
    power button, bank of 5 status LED's light, all go out except the power
    on LED indicator... That's it. No display, no POST, nothing. Completely

    After poking around with Google I find out this is far from an odd,
    singular event. Some lines seem to be more plagued by this problem than
    others, mostly the T20's and A2x's. But other models pop up with the
    same problem as well.

    Frustratingly, no one on the user end of things has yet found the real
    source of the failure. (If IBM knew, the sure didn't let it get public.)
    Some people replace the main board, some people replace an internal
    power board... Lot's of speculation about the source of the problem. But
    only speculation.

    Any IBM insider's know what the problem is?

    Rick, Jul 30, 2006
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    Neikko Guest

    Hi Rick ,
    Really weird problem indeed but it seems to me that it could also
    be a battery shortcircuit problem or even a lcd monitor failure
    if not as you already said most of time its a power supply or
    motherboard failure.
    Neikko, Jul 31, 2006
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  3. Rick

    Rick Guest


    Take a look here for a whole pile of people with the same problem on
    various models of ThinkPads. There's 100 posts at this site alone,
    probably 90 or more reporting the same thing.:


    Lot's of other sites with people reporting the same problem as well.

    It seems to be pointing to a power management issue, as if the ThinkPads
    get permanently stuck in a suspend/hibernation state. How this could be
    as pervasive as it seems to be on IBM ThinkPads is just exasperating.

    According to the status LED, power is on but the thing ain't dancin'.
    Nothing powers up. I know what a lop top with a dead back light is like.
    This ain't it. You can't even get to the BIOS, let alone get a BIOS POST
    error message.

    I've been recommending ThinkPads for years because I thought they were
    rock solid. Apparently not. (Praying my sister's T20 doesn't die a
    sudden death... And my friend Ron's TP. And... Oh crap, am I screwed!)

    Rick, Jul 31, 2006
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    evilernLe Guest

    My IBM a21m is doing the same thing

    I hit the power button, and everything starts for 1 second, then power
    down. Sometimes, it starts right up but fails soon after.. It's reall
    pissing me off
    evilernLe, Dec 12, 2006
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    Mar 8, 2010
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    Thanks Rick for posting the link to windowsitpro.

    I experienced the same problem with my T41, and got it sorted out using a tip from one comment:
    - take out the battery
    - keep the power button pressed now, and
    - plug in the power adapter
    - wait for the laptop to turn on (for me, I had to release the power button and press it again)
    sgiessl, Mar 8, 2010
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