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    Dead Computer

    Looking for help before I dig out my tool box.
    My primary computer, a Thinkpad G41 recently out of warranty, appears dead. That is, it will not turn on when the power button is pressed: nothing appears ON- no light, no indicator, no sound. Earlier today it worked fine and I ended my session by clicking Start, Turn off Computer, Standby - my standard process. Nothing unusual happened with my electrical service since that shutdown.

    I have verified the following to be OK with measurements: wall outlet, brick voltage and battery voltage. Short of any suggestions as to what might have gone wrong, I am going to have to start removing components, which I do not look forward to.

    Paul (on a flaky, old computer at the moment)

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    Re: Dead Computer

    Hi Paul,

    I don't know if this will help or if you have already done this but we used to have laptops that "just quit" for us (in a school setting). We found that if we took the battery out and re-seated it, the laptop would start working properly again! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Dead Computer

    Hi Paul,
    Besides Skitterbug's suggestion, might I point out that it could be just the power switch?
    While this is not really my realm, my noggin is telling me to look at the switch.
    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Dead Computer

    Paul,
    Skitterbug and the other Bob's suggestions are good.
    Can you run it without the battery plugged in, just with the brick?
    Voltages look good?

    Outside of looking for any loose or dirty connectors. ( the wiggle test ) I would get out the toolbox. <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Dead Computer

    Skitterbug, Bob and Bob,
    I did take th battery out and reseat it several times with no change in behavior.
    The laptop does not work with the brick attached and no battery. The measured unloaded brick and battery voltages are OK (higher than nominal).
    The switch is a real possibility. I do not know about this computer, but in many the power switch is not a power switch. Rather it is a logic circuit which controls the power so a malfunctining "power " switch can be an electrical problem and not the obvious switch mechanical malfunction.

    My reluctance to operate on the computer before getting additional advice is that laptops are mechanically difficult. I think what I will try next is to see if I can somehow monitor the battery voltage when installed in the computer. I was also wondering if having shut down into standby instead of OFF might be a clue.

    It's always something!

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    Re: Dead Computer

    If you think it could possibly be in "standby" or "hibernation" have you tried holding down the power button for 8 to 10 seconds (or a tad longer) to see if the computer would start?


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    Re: Dead Computer

    Skitterbug,
    Yeah, I did and with no good result <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Dead Computer

    I don't think he could be in standby if he's pulled the battery out. But then I know very little about laptops. Just seems logical that without a power source the system would shutdown.
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    Re: Dead Computer

    Just an off chance, but have you tried removing the memory module from your Thinkpad? Should be a fairly simple process, unless it's one of those units which they've burried inside the unit, not visible by removing an access panel.
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    Re: Dead Computer

    Chris,
    That is something I will try tomorrow, the socket is quite accessible. I have only one 512 MB memory card in the computer.

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    Re: Dead Computer

    Doc,
    Now there is a creative solution. I do not know if they have such a deal - I will check it out.

    Paul

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    Re: Dead Computer

    I don't think he could be in standby if he's pulled the battery out. Your statement is probably true Doc! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> He would have needed to do the power on for length of time first if it were hibernation and then yanked the battery out in frustration! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> Funny part of this is we had the same problem and I just can't think how we solved it - maybe we just binned them! Grrrrr....I don't remember....... <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Dead Computer

    Edited by HansV to remove <!t>[hide]<!/t> tag

    Have you considered buying an extended warranty now and then reporting the failure in about a week ???
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    Re: Dead Computer

    Bob,

    A friend had a Toshiba laptop a few years back and I noticed that "feature". But I don't think I'd try pulling the battery out while it was plugged into an AC source.

    From his post, it appeared that Paul had disconnected all power sources, which should power off the machine. I think(pad). <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> Ouch !! Bad joke !!!
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    Re: Dead Computer

    Doc,
    I had a Toshiba laptop that would run on the ACDC supply without a battery installed. Don't know about the Thinkpad.
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