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Help needed. IBM ThinkPad T41 wont boot

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Right I'll try keep this as short as poss. My Girlfriend recently inherited a T41 from her father and I decided to give it a clean up for her, as her father had no anti spyware protection or anti-viru…
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
Right I'll try keep this as short as poss. My Girlfriend recently inherited a T41 from her father and I decided to give it a clean up for her, as her father had no anti spyware protection or anti-virus, so after installing a few programmes like AVAST and Spybot to clear it up we turned it off and yestreday when we tried rebooting for the first time, it went to the dreaded blue screen. So my GF resetted and now it wont even boot, power is commin through, the lights are on, I can here the drive on, but screen is blank, and nothing is happening. Can anyone help? would it be caused by the anit-viral programmes? or is ther something nasty at work here? I do know that the USB plugs had stopped working a few months ago, but I thought that was due to driver issues which I was goin to correct..if that info helps. Also have tested it with an external VGA monitor and nothing comes up. Thanks in advance for any help provided
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
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#1
can you get to safe mode?

if you can, try uninstalling things you've installed one by one till it works.
#2
Sounds like you have been messing about but aren't quite sure what you are doing!

IBM Thinkpads have a recovery function that can reinstall all the original software and you could start from there. Press the blue IBM Thinkpad button on boot up and it will do a full factory restore so long as the drive is working and the recovery partition is intact. You would have to start again and install all your software and updates but that would be a good starting point anyway. You may find the recovery doesn't work if the OS has been changed and Thinkpads can be difficult if you try and install a new drive from scratch.

Just remembered, also Thinkpads have a network boot. if the chips are down so long as you can connect to the internet via a router and an ethernet port, you can download all software from Lenovo/IBM if you have the recovery manager program running from boot up. The blue button may be your friend. :)
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BlackCloud
Sounds like you have been messing about but aren't quite sure what you are doing!

IBM Thinkpads have a recovery function that can reinstall all the original software and you could start from there. Press the blue IBM Thinkpad button on boot up and it will do a full factory restore so long as the drive is working and the recovery partition is intact. You would have to start again and install all your software and updates but that would be a good starting point anyway. You may find the recovery doesn't work if the OS has been changed and Thinkpads can be difficult if you try and install a new drive from scratch.



lol Software wise I know what I am doing, as I said cant even get it to boot, all I have is the power symbol and battery symbol lit, no screen activity at all, its not even back lit, I have been doing some research and apparently a common fault ot T41/40's is that the GPU overheats and the motherboard become inoperable, but I wanted to make sure before I spend £60 getting a new one, the reason I asked about software, is because a few years back I unearthed a pretty nasty worm in my system folder, put it in the vault, and then was unable to reaccess windows, no even safe mode, was checking to see if this would be similar situation, but I am begining to feel it isnt and more of a hardware problem...what you think?
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None of you have read the post properly. The screen is blank.

Yes I feel it's a hardware problem. Unplug it and take the battery out. Then hold your finger on the power button for 30 seconds to discharge it. leave it to cool down. and try again later. I'm not saying this is a definate fix but it has worked for me once before.

Radio
#5
radiocde
None of you have read the post properly. The screen is blank.


lol thanks for that...just clarified that in my above post, im a mathmetcician/programmer by trade so most of the time i know what im doing but, I am lacking hardware knowledge
#6
radiocde
None of you have read the post properly. The screen is blank.

Yes I feel it's a hardware problem. Unplug it and take the battery out. Then hold your finger on the power button for 30 seconds to discharge it. leave it to cool down. and try again later. I'm not saying this is a definate fix but it has worked for me once before.

Radio


Thanks for that will give it a shot, if I can just get it working again I'll make her happy. she only needs it for a couple of months she has left at uni, do you think I should system restore to before the installation of AVAST etc? I have never had a problem with them before unless like I said I have discovered something major, but in this case all I cleaned was general spyware, nothing major at all to cause this
#7
yeah sorry, didn't read the OP properly lol.

Does sound like it could be a hardware problem though.

Sorry couldn't be more helpful! lol

Good luck sorting it out xx
#8
ChipSticks
yeah sorry, didn't read the OP properly lol.

Does sound like it could be a hardware problem though.

Sorry couldn't be more helpful! lol

Good luck sorting it out xx


hey thanks for at least trying :thumbsup:
#9
It maybe overheating so suck a the fan area with a hoover to get the accumalated fluff out. it's amazing how much fluff can be in a one year old laptop. let alone an older one.
Personally I would reload an operating system from scratch.

I'm not a "technician " nor do I have any qualifications apart from my own university of.

Google it and you may find an answer. Trial and error. and don't make the same mistake twice.

Radio
#10
radiocde
Google it and you may find an answer. Trial and error. and don't make the same mistake twice.

Radio


Blimey mate, you are a serious dude :) ...and none of us read the post properly :) Lol!

Lucky you were here... Only joking...

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