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Old 03-21-2012, 02:56 PM   #1
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Mint will not Boot today, did yesterday on a old Thinkpad A21m.


I have Linux Mint 9 on an Old A21m Thinkpad that I use as a back up. Worked fine yesterday but tried to Boot today and nothing. BIOS works fine and then it goes to just a flashing - in upper left corner. Switch hard drive to another Thinkpad and it worked fine ( I have several ). If its not the BIOS, Hard Drive or Memory ( did a test with a Live CD ) would it be the CPU? If so is there a way to test it? Doesn't seem to be a problem with Mint.
Thanks for any help anyone can provide!
( I'm not new to Linux, just not a Pro. )
 
Old 03-21-2012, 09:48 PM   #2
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It certainly sounds like hardware. It could be the CPU or some other component on the motherboard. You might try booting to a Live CD.

If it boots, it might be something like the hard drive controller or the connectors. I would not be optimistic, but it's worth a shot.
 
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:03 AM   #3
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Hi
I recommend that you jump over to www.lenovo.com ;
under "Support" select your model and download
the "Hardware maintenance manual" (06p8883.pdf);
page 27 and following details the procedures for
running the BIOS based tests for each of the system
components.

This would be the most logical place to start.

Chris
 
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:33 AM   #4
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SOLVED, it was the hardware!

I would like to thank everyone for the help. After many trials and errors I discovered that due to the overheating and even after putting in a new fan, the CPU had given up. I'm looking at the manual now and also looking for a replacement, I think I can find one at a low cost due to the units age.
Thanks Again!
 
Old 03-28-2012, 09:25 PM   #5
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Actually, this is good news. The first step to fixing a problem is identifying the cause.
 
  


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