I'm just in the middle of modding my X40 with a CF/IDE adapter (Adaptec) and a Sandisk Extreme III card to replace the (in)famously slow hdd.
I've (hopefully) solved the removable/fixed issue of this kind of compact flash, but, while reinserting the adapter I misplaced it
When I fired up the X40 it gave no sign: no action at all, no light up, either on battery or on ac power, even with the hdd slot empty. Blown fuse ? which one ? how to find it ?
Can someone help me to bring X40 back to life ?
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Solder a fuse on top of the blown one. You can get fuses e.g. from a broken motherboard.
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I have an old thinkpad A21p who is too tired to work, so maybe I'll spot an unused, still intact fuse on its mobo (provided the required current doesn't exeed its limit).
So, first of all I have to locate the blown fuse (tnks to RBS for the schematics), then I'll connect an ammeter in parallel to measure the power drain, then I'll fire up the X40 keeping my fingers crossed.
If (and only IF) the current flow appears correct (say 1.0 to 1.5 A, that is 12-15 W for the whole machine) I'll install the "new" fuse on top of the blown one.
Otherwise I guess switching the mobo is the only way to go...
ok, got a day off, carefully disassembled the X40, taking note of (almost) any single bolt and extracted the mobo.
Helping myself with a magnifier glass I thoroughly inspected every inch of it, but found no evidence of blown fuses
Still on the workbench I decided to fire up The X40 for a last goodbye, and...the leds turned green, bios screen suddenly came out from the dark !
Then I repacked all the stuff, run the sandisk cfg utility and installed a fresh copy of XP.
Now the X40 takes 24 seconds to boot to desktop and runs with 4 Gb cf card + 64 Gb of sd data card.
I'm still wondering about what *really* happened. Maybe an electrostatic build-up that froze the machine, an electro-magnetic pulse from a hidden ufo, I'll never know
btw... while I was working there *surely* weren't any blackout...
In the process of 'upgrading' from CF/IDE adapter to SDD/IDE adapter, my x40 will not power on. I tried reinstalling the CF - no dice. I am a computer hardware newbie - can follow instructions but unfortunately, I don't have the depth of knowledge to troubleshoot on my own.
Before I start pulling things apart, is there anything I should try to get the machine to fire up (e.g. some magically key combo )?
I appreciate any advice.
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