Lenovo T61p will not start

Categories: Laptops
Written By: admin

Saturday afternoonI turned on my laptop, did some work, and walked away from the table to spend time with the family. When I went to check on Facebook and email Saturday evening, she did not boot up. I tried the usual, removed battery, DVD, check cables, removed all cables, and tried the press Power 10 times and hold for 10 or 30 seconds to reset the BIOS options. Now it is Monday and I just spoke to Technical Support to order a new replacement motherboard for my Lenovo T61p laptop.

When I press the On/Off button, the Scroll Lock and Num Lock LEDs briefly illuminate, then turn off.  The Power LED (looks like a “Z” rotated 45 deg ccw) illuminates, and remains illuminated if I don’t do anything.  From this point on, nothing happens. There is no spin up or activity from the fan.

Connect the AC adapter and the AC power LED turns on. And of course the AC power LED turns off if I disconnect it. The Battery power LED turns on if the battery is in place, and turns off if the battery is removed. Either way the laptop gets power, the sequence is the same.

The symptoms are I try and turn on my laptop computer, a Lenovo Thinkpad T61p, and it won’t start. I hit the power button and get nothing. No beeps, error codes, POST, BIOS, nada. Nothing on the LCD screen. The LCD isn’t blank or black, it is just off. No initial flash of any kind on the display. It just doesn’t attempt to boot up.

Now comes the Lenovo will not boot frequent fix ritual:

  1. Take out the battery
  2. Hit the power button 10 times in a row
  3. On the 10th time, hold the power button down for 30 seconds
  4. Put the battery back in and start it up!

When that fails, you repeat it a few more times while on hold for a technician to order a new motherboard. All in hopes of an immediate fix.

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