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My backup machine (X61 T7500) gave up the ghost. :(

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My backup machine (X61 T7500) gave up the ghost. :(

#1 Post by axur-delmeria » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:21 pm

Long story short: was using it, took a bathroom break, when I got back Linux had exited to text mode and a blinking cursor, I somehow managed to make a clean shutdown/reset, but it booted to a 4-4-4-4 error beep and the display not powering up.

Removed RAM, same error beep.
10-second salute, no change.
Disconnected RTC battery, no change.

I've never encountered 4-4-4-4 before, and the fact that I still get it even without RAM installed means it's a pretty low-level error.

Northbridge issue maybe? Should I bring out the heat gun (even though I don't have one LOL) ??
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
Toy: X60/s Frankenpad Core Solo U1300
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E, X61 T7500
:cry:

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Re: My backup machine (X61 T7500) gave up the ghost. :(

#2 Post by jaspen-meyer » Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:50 pm

"Four cycles of four short beeps and a blank
screen. === System board (security chip)"
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Re: My backup machine (X61 T7500) gave up the ghost. :(

#3 Post by shawross » Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:09 pm

Interesting - have you tried removing your WLAN card to see if you get the same beeps? The security chip is still a mystery unfortunately.
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Re: My backup machine (X61 T7500) gave up the ghost. :(

#4 Post by axur-delmeria » Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:05 am

shawross wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:09 pm
Interesting - have you tried removing your WLAN card to see if you get the same beeps? The security chip is still a mystery unfortunately.
I'll try it later.

***Addendum **

Removed the WLAN card, no change. :(
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
Toy: X60/s Frankenpad Core Solo U1300
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E, X61 T7500
:cry:

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Re: My backup machine (X61 T7500) gave up the ghost. :(

#5 Post by axur-delmeria » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:26 am

Time to look for an X62 board, then ? :lol:

OTOH, I probably can't afford one. :lol:
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
Toy: X60/s Frankenpad Core Solo U1300
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E, X61 T7500
:cry:

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Re: My backup machine (X61 T7500) gave up the ghost. :(

#6 Post by wujstefan » Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:07 am

Luckily X61 boards are cheap nowadays :)
Dailies:
X201s - travel / garage
HP Elitebook 8770w (FHD IPS, SSD, Q4000M, 16Gb) - daily
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Re: My backup machine (X61 T7500) gave up the ghost. :(

#7 Post by axur-delmeria » Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:27 am

wujstefan wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:07 am
Luckily X61 boards are cheap nowadays :)
Problem is local availability. They may be cheap and plentiful in the US, but where I am, they're not as common. I've seen X60's here priced at around 80 USD. :x

If I find a cheap board or a half-working X61, sure I'll take it in a heartbeat. Then again, there's an X60s board on my shelf that's waiting for a chassis and heatsink/fan. I'm not too keen on using that one though, as it has a Core Solo U1300 (1.06GHz) CPU, which might be slower than an Atom N270. :oops:
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
Toy: X60/s Frankenpad Core Solo U1300
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E, X61 T7500
:cry:

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Re: My backup machine (X61 T7500) gave up the ghost. :(

#8 Post by wujstefan » Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:35 am

How come? Maybe I will ba able to provide you with one, and in way better price.
Dailies:
X201s - travel / garage
HP Elitebook 8770w (FHD IPS, SSD, Q4000M, 16Gb) - daily
Collectibles:
T43 (LED Flexview UXGA), Z60t, G41, R30, R50e, R61i
Under construction:
A31, R52p, T22, A22m, R40, T30, Z61m

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Re: My backup machine (X61 T7500) gave up the ghost. :(

#9 Post by madicetea » Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:41 pm

I recently discovered that you can also order for relatively cheap from some agents and get the parts from Chinese Taobao - wouldn't have ever thought of getting a T9300 board otherwise - it's overpriced here in Japan!
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Re: My backup machine (X61 T7500) gave up the ghost. :(

#10 Post by madicetea » Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:43 pm

Also, while mine is a Middleton whitelisted T7300 board, if the T9300 transplant goes well, I will likely offer it here on Thinkpad Forums as a thank you for all your help over the last year and half or so (I used to read a lot without posting / signing up).

Anyway, I'm thinking maybe only 20 USD + EMS shipping from Japan or perhaps for the price of lunch and hanami if you come to Japan in April :lol: and I can meet to hand it to you directly.

I sympathize with your story, so you can first dibs on the board if you really want it (if my own upgrade board works out well, of course - that remains to be seen).
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Daily Driver Thinkpads: X250 16gb
Under Construction: PC110
Occasional Use: X200 P8600 AFFS , piano black s30
For Sale: X200 P8700 base, X250 8gb Japanese kb, X250 FHD IPS Lid

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Re: My backup machine (X61 T7500) gave up the ghost. :(

#11 Post by axur-delmeria » Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:19 am

I'm pretty much on the fence about reviving it. I got this baby for the equivalent of 30 USD, and recently found a local seller listing a bare X61 board for 20 USD, which I feel is too much.

I could just put in the X60s Core Solo U1300 board I mentioned before, but since its fan is dead, I'd have to use the X61's monster heatsink (the one with the large single heatpipe, usually found in models with the fastest CPUs) on a 6w TDP processor. :lol:

With a processor like that, it's probably even slower than an X31 or X41. :eek:
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
Toy: X60/s Frankenpad Core Solo U1300
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E, X61 T7500
:cry:

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