Help!


Having been unable to post blogs for the last two weeks due to our remote location in Cape York I was devasted today to find my laptop will not boot up.

Last night I was downloading photos from my camera but ran out of battery. Today the Lenovo T410 kicks into life then the drives stop whirring after a minute or so, the screen never even illuminating.

is there a computer whiz out there who can help me?

If I can’t fix it I will only be able to post phone camera photos for the next few weeks until we return to a big city. Cairns is at least two weeks away at this stage😮

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  1. Nick

    John
    Try the safeboot option not sure what combo of keys you need to press to get that to fire up on a pc though.

    Could it be humidity got inside the pc? Stick it in a sealed bag with rice till you can get it to a technician.

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    • Nick
      The F8 safeboot didn’t work. I swipe my finger and it appears to start booting. It beeps once, the disk light flickers briefly, then after 30 secs no further activity on the disc. It then beeps once every minute or so. The good news is I have to stand on the beach for one bar of reception even if it is crocodile infested.

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  2. Hi John, Got to the Lenovo site, and here is a none too optimistic help session. Will keep searching for you later tonight.
    T410 won’t boot, blank screen and keyboard unresponsive at power up.

    ‎12-23-2014 01:12 PM

    Hi, my Lenovo T410 laptop won’t start. I hit the power button and it looks like it’s about to boot up. The thinklight blinks on as normal, the cd drive is checked, the caps lock button blinks on, then nothing. No display, and keyboard is unresponsive. Power light remains on; if I leave it a while the fan comes on. I can turn the machine off using the power button, but the problem remains next time I switch it on.

    I’ve tried removing power and battery, pressing power button 10 times then holding power for 30 secs, before replacing power and battery, but nothing happens. I’ve tried using a different keyboard. I’ve tried plugging in an external monitor. No change.

    This problem appeared after I left it on overnight. I have a hunch that it went into hybernation mode, perhaps, and that it disrupted some important function which it was unable to complete. Not sure though. Any help gratefully received.

    Many thanks,

    Pete

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    I have this question too

    Re: T410 won’t boot, blank screen and keyboard unresponsive at power up.

    ‎12-23-2014 01:58 PM

    Welcome to the forum!

    Sorry, to hear about your problem. Could you try connecting the T410 to an external monitor and check if at least you can see the boot logo?

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    Re: T410 won’t boot, blank screen and keyboard unresponsive at power up.

    ‎12-23-2014 02:07 PM

    Hi, thanks for getting back. I did try attaching to an external monitor when the machine was off. I Turned it on but saw nothing appear on the external monitor. Perhaps this means that it doesn’t get as far a the boot logo. Incidentally I’ve left it running now for 45 mins and the fan comes on periodically, but the keyboard is still unresponsive and the screen is still blank. The power button remains on.

    Re: T410 won’t boot, blank screen and keyboard unresponsive at power up.

    ‎12-23-2014 02:43 PM
    That doesn’t look good.

    After it’s running for a while, try pressing the key combination + F7 and see if something happens.

    If that doesn’t help, I would say to remove the ac adapter, the battery, then the hard disc and both ram modules. Try booting with that config, the T410 should give you a series of loud beeps. If not that may be big trouble.

    To remove the above follow the HMM manual, which you can get from here: click me!

    Check chapters 1020 to 1090

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    Re: T410 won’t boot, blank screen and keyboard unresponsive at power up.

    ‎12-24-2014 02:14 AM
    Hi, Fn+F7 didn’t do anything.

    So I took out the HDD and both RAM modules, including the one under the keyboard. At power on it beeped as follows: 1 beep, followed by 2 series of 3 beeps, followed by 1 beep.

    I replace the HDD and one ram module under the keyboard leaving the other one out – this didn’t change anything; I then switched up the RAM modules – again, no change. Does this mean the motherboard and processor are OK? What could the problem possibly be in this case? Very mysterious!

    Incidentally, I should perhaps have mentioned that I kept the unit in an unheated room and it did get very cold there a few days ago, which coincides with when the booting problem first appeared.

    Re: T410 won’t boot, blank screen and keyboard unresponsive at power up.

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    ‎12-24-2014 06:47 AM – edited ‎12-24-2014 06:49 AM
    ppclarke wrote:

    So I took out the HDD and both RAM modules, including the one under the keyboard. At power on it beeped as follows: 1 beep, followed by 2 series of 3 beeps, followed by 1 beep.

    Those beeps are a good omen, (no beeps would mean a higher possibility of a dead mobo). Maybe the display cable is faulty, or the panel… or a motherboard fuse. Altough I don’t like the behaviour it shows with an external monitor.

    Could you post the 7 digit model number of your T410? You can find it in a black and white sticker at the bottom case.

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    Re: T410 won’t boot, blank screen and keyboard unresponsive at power up.

    ‎12-25-2014 11:48 AM
    This is the original configuration of your laptop:

    ThinkPad T410 2522BF1
    i5-520M(2.4GHz), 4GB RAM, 160GB 7200rpm HD, 14.1in 1280×800 LCD, Intel 5700MHD, DVD, Intel 802.11agn wireless, Modem, 1Gb Ethernet, UltraNav, Secure chip, Camera, 6c Li-Ion, Win7 Pro 32

    I though first the LCD cable or LED subcard could be damaged, but if you don’t see anything on an external monitor I tend to think it’s a motherboard issue.

    Last thing you could try is booting a Linux Live Distro from a CD/DVD or USB drive, using Ubuntu or Linux Mint for example.

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    Re: T410 won’t boot, blank screen and keyboard unresponsive at power up.

    ‎12-28-2014 08:21 AM
    Hi, thanks for your help. I think you’re right – it must be motherboard or processor. Will send it off to get fixed. Thanks, Pete

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    • Ian
      Thanks. Similar symptoms and no it isnt looking good. If it looks anything like the car does internally I would be surprised it lasted this long. Bulldust is absolutely everywhere😆.
      The shame is that I have some great pics from the Old Telegraph Track that are already on the laptop.
      Great to hear from you and thanks again

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  3. Paul Mandl

    I think the power supply or charger that you connect all these devices to, may be faulty. Try a different one.

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  4. Scott arnold

    Hi Guys,

    I now live and work in Brisbane. I do digital forensics. I can have a look at the hard drive for you no dramas. The rice suggestion is a good idea.

    Regards

    Scott
    0407770486

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  5. Hi John, there is some other advice on the web relating to repeated operation of the power button whilst the battery is removed and power charger dis-connected. The sequence is supposed to remove all remaining stored power on the motherboard. Given that your computer failed on battery as the battery died, maybe there is a setting left out of sync when it all went dark. Sounds too good to be true but, heck, the last system we built works too, so give it a go:

    First unplug the AC adapter.
    Next remove the battery.
    Then press the power button 11 times, and hold it for 30 seconds on the 11th time
    Finally plug the AC back in.

    Good luck. Can I buy you a beer on your return?

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