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Old 04-27-2009, 04:25 AM   #1
minnock
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ubuntu has "killed" my thinkpad x31 :(


please help

i recently moved to linux. i installed xubuntu on my thinkpad x31 a week ago. no problems

last night i installed ubuntu 8.04. i even managed to install texmaker from synaptic

but when i got to work this morning the laptop does not work. the battery and power leds are on as is the fan, but nothing comes to the screen. not even the IBM logo that normally comes

thanks for any help in advance

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Old 04-27-2009, 08:53 AM   #2
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please help

i recently moved to linux. i installed xubuntu on my thinkpad x31 a week ago. no problems

last night i installed ubuntu 8.04. i even managed to install texmaker from synaptic

but when i got to work this morning the laptop does not work. the battery and power leds are on as is the fan, but nothing comes to the screen. not even the IBM logo that normally comes

thanks for any help in advance
If you don't even get the BIOS post messages, it has nothing to do with Linux. Your hardware has had a problem, and needs to be repaired.
 
Old 04-27-2009, 09:05 AM   #3
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Laptop hardware can shift and come loose during transit. I recommend that you reseat the hard drive, RAM, and any other removable parts, then see if it starts.
 
Old 04-27-2009, 09:55 AM   #4
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thanks

thanks guys

i tried to reseat the hard drive and the ram. but no joy.

is there anything i can do to the motherboard myself to get it working?

sorry for asking such a primitive question but i am new to this.

thanks again
 
Old 04-27-2009, 09:58 AM   #5
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Is the X31 an older model? I believe so, but I haven't kept up with IBM models lately.

You can crack the case and remove the board. Check to see if there's anything weird. Other than that, probably the mainboard is bad and requires repair/replacement, as TBOne alluded.
 
Old 04-27-2009, 10:50 AM   #6
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minnock:

Remove the bios battery for about 2 minutes before re-placing it into the socket.

Remove the rechargeable laptop battery for another 2 minutes before re-securing it again to its place. Clean the contact nodes of the battery first, I used a grit #1000 sandpaper to make sure electrons can pass through to the mainboard without chances of obstruction.

Then reboot.

This advice may sound weird, but I really do these last remedies before conceding any PC units (or parts) into the garbage can. At least there is nothing to lose if the unit is already lost anyway.

hope this helps. goodluck.
 
Old 04-28-2009, 09:08 AM   #7
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thanks guys

i tried all of your advice but nothing worked

i guess it is time for a new laptop

thanks again
 
  


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