[ltp] R51 won't boot - what to do?

Ted Frater linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Mon, 21 May 2007 06:59:25 +0000

Oleg Sverdlov wrote:

> Ted Frater wrote:
>>>my R51 one day did not show a bootsplash screen. This happened after 
>>>some time in a car.
>>>No disks activity, no picture on the screen, only green LEDs.
>>>After some time it might boot once again, then I switch it off and 
>>>next time it won't boot.
>>Also wether your experienced enough to open up the covers on the 
>>underside and or remove the keyboard to unplug the memory chips and re 
>>place them.
>> It sounds like an intermittent contact problem, or an improper seating 
>>main processor.
> Thanks Ted.
> I don't have a problem opening the case. Will try it before 
> considering other options. An engineer told me about video chip and 
> its FPGA contacts problem. Certainly replacing the chip will be 
> cheaper than the motherboard.
> "Where I am" are you asking about geographic position? I'm in Israel.
> -- 
> With best regards,
> Oleg.
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I havnt had this model  thinkpad in bits but my experience of thinkpads( 
im a s/h dealer in them in the  S UK) is that the video chip is 
invariably soldered to the main board.
 You could try to run it on an external monitor to see if its this chip 
or something else.
Let us know how you get on,