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Broken Laptop, please help

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by devilson, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. devilson

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    Hello, I have an IBM thinkpad laptop and it recently stopped working. When I switch it on it the screen stays blank and the laptop beeps a few times, then nothing happens, does anyone know what the problem is ? Thanks.
     
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    Beeps a few times? Can you be more specific? If you give the exact sequence of beeps we can figure out what the problem is.
     
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    Ok, sorry, it beeps consistantly 4 times, then a second pause, then it beeps 4 times again, it does this 4 times, so 4 sets of 4 beeps.
     
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    Are they all the same length>
     
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    yes, all the same length.
     
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    Thanks alot mate, thats exactly what I was looking for.
     
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    I just took a look at the BIOS codes and none of them are what my laptop is doing, what should I do ?
     
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    That's why I hadn't got back yet, it's not one of the ones listed. Which model thinkpad is it?
     
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    Its an IBM Thinkpad T-30
     
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    Hey, I browsed the IBM website and I think I found the problem,

    Four cycles of four short beeps and a blank screen.
    -System board (Security chip)

    Can this be fixed, and if so how? Thanks in advance.
     
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    Security chip? Not heard of it, but it sounds like you may need a motherboard replacement.
     
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    Has the laptop recently experience any type of intense vibration such as being dropped?

    The series of beeps could indicate a dislodged or bad memory chip. First check to see that they are seated properly then if there is more than one stick then remove a stick and try and boot, if that doesn't work then reinstall it and try to boot with the other.
     
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