Thinkpad T-20 Loose connection, but where?

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  1. Browning

    Browning Active Member

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    IBM Thinkpad T-20. Sometimes it turns on fine but the majority of the time it turns on, but the screen isn't showing anything. However, if you press down below the keyboard on the bottom right it works. I'm assuming something is loose inside but not sure what exactly to look for?
     
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    The first option is to remove the Hard Drive and Ram modules and any other card or externally fitted device. (this with Power and main battery out before hand)
    Then using high compressed air can (bought from an electronics/computer service shop) blow out all dust in and around all the laptops connections.

    Also inspect the power inlet plug for any loose connection (a common issue for all laptops)

    If (after re-fitting Ram and Hard Drive and external power) the computer still does the same? Then you would be best in dismantling the laptop to check internal connections.
    There are many disassemble guides on the Net for your computer
    I have found a PDF guide here that you can download: download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/62p9631.pdf
    (As I am not allowed to post links, please copy and paste the above link to your browser address bar)

    Following the guide you can disassemble the laptop checking (re-connecting) all connections.
    If you end up removing the main board, I would recommend electronic circuit board cleaner to fully clean all dust (and possible debris) from inside the laptop.
    Note: If using "electronic circuit board cleaner" you must allow the components to dry for approx 1 to 2 days before refitting.


    Anyway, I hope its just the Ram or Hard Drive refit ;)
    Please keep us informed :)
     
  3. Browning

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    tore it down and kinda forgot how everything went:rofl:
     
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    The above quoted guide will help with that ;)
     
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    got it all back together and it's still doing the exact same thing.
     
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    I see :(
    Well this is what I'd do ;)
     
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    thinking about taking it outside and re-enacting a certain scene from office space
     
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    Patience is a vitue

    But I agree that sometimes you are best to leave it for a while, ie walk away.
    Computers can do that to anyone.

    Think of it this way, you'll be even more madder if doing all of the above doesn't work!
    So therefore there's still some more in you :big grin:
     

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