Solved

IBM T20 won't start

Posted on 2004-08-17
1
397 Views
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
My IBM T20 (Win XP) will not start up beyond the IBM welcome screen and the prompts to use F1 or F12 to access the Bios. There are no beeps. The disc access light illuminates for a fraction of a second. Pressing the F1 or F12 has no effect. I have reseated the hard drive and RAM. I have tested the hard drive in another machine which has proved it to be fine. I have tried the trick of discharging capacitors by first removing the battery and mains supply and then holding on the power button for 90 secs.  I have tried to boot from a bootable floppy downloaded from IBM's website but the symptom is unchanged i.e. no prgress beyond the welcome screen.  I have tried using a Win 98 start up disc. I have tried pressing repeatedly F8 on start up, as advised by IBM,  but no effect.  My amateur assessment is that I must change the system board at great expense.  Are there any other steps I can take to eliminate other possibilities?
0
Comment
Question by:avhation
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
1 Comment
 
LVL 31

Accepted Solution

by:
rid earned 125 total points
ID: 11819288
Possibly a CMOS reset might have some effect here. How that is done on an IBM T20 is not known to me. Also if you have more than one RAM module, try with one only at a time. Try starting with all removables removed (HD, FDD , PC-cards etc).
/RID
0

Featured Post

How Do You Stack Up Against Your Peers?

With today’s modern enterprise so dependent on digital infrastructures, the impact of major incidents has increased dramatically. Grab the report now to gain insight into how your organization ranks against your peers and learn best-in-class strategies to resolve incidents.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
8 partitions?!  Really? 8 139
General computer performance vs. am I just impatient? 7 100
Laptop volume and over heating 22 62
Refurbished laptop by Lenovo 17 56
Introduction: I have always been fascinated by wireless technology ranging from Infrared to Wimax. Bluetooth comes next to Infrared (in terms of distance of operation) and is commonly used in gadgets like Cellphones, PDAs and Computers for the ex…
I originally posted this Article Here (http://www.bestelectronicarticles.com/computers/software-troubleshooting/how-to-find-a-driver-for-you-devices-in-windows.html) and thought I would now share with the Experts Exchange community. Driver Proble…
Finding and deleting duplicate (picture) files can be a time consuming task. My wife and I, our three kids and their families all share one dilemma: Managing our pictures. Between desktops, laptops, phones, tablets, and cameras; over the last decade…

733 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question