A couple of thoughts:teppy wrote: ↑Wed May 22, 2019 12:12 pm
I am not sure what to do next. It is true that the HDD has a confirmed error as per the Lenovo diagnostic tool, but that doesn't seem to be the core issue as the problem is still happening when the HDD is removed and Linux loads from the USB stick.
Given the above info, what seems to be the most likely culprit of the crashing - motherboard/ATI/CPU?
Thanks very much for any more ideas.
1) You can buy a used battery for $10 and flash the BIOS. That would be my first step.
2) I've experienced issues with Linux freezing on *60/61 series even with the hard drive removed. If you have another hard drive try it out and see what happens. If not, a test drive can be bought for another $10. Heck, I could give you one for free if you can meet me in the city the next time I'm there which may not be all that soon...
3) The culprit ? A defective graphics card on these machines usually produces pixelated images, which I don't believe I've seen in your list of complaints. While it's possible that the CPU is defective, that would be the last one of my list of possible suspects. And the cheapest one to replace by far. That leaves us with the motherboard, but until you install a new drive and try to get the system going, it's pretty tough to determine.