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T500 doesn't start. Tried the usual power button tricks.

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:59 pm
by mbr12
I just picked up a T500 from the local recycle center for nothing. It's intact, except for the hd.
Pressing power does nothing. Connected it to my dock and ps that works with my T60 and used it's power button , nothing. There is a power light and battery light, but no beeps, whirs, flashing, clicks. The lights stay on, but no codes or flashes.
I tried all the power button tricks, with a dozen different variations. Disconnected the cmos and let it sit overnight, removed ram, dvd, with batt/without, etc.
Tried a hd and W7 install disc and a thumb drive with Linux Mint, so it would have something to boot to, but no life at all.
Any other suggestions? Would be nice to get this working.
I see MBs on ebay for $25, is it worth it?
Thanks.

Re: T500 doesn't start. Tried the usual power button tricks.

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:11 pm
by RealBlackStuff
Tried an external monitor?
Wonder why that machine was recycled? Not really...

Re: T500 doesn't start. Tried the usual power button tricks.

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:20 pm
by mbr12
It was dumped because it won't start. Most people don't even try to fix something. I got many laptops from there and got them working fine with a little work. Also av receivers, monitors, soundbars....
This one has no life at all, except for the power and batt light. It's not just the screen not coming on.

Re: T500 doesn't start. Tried the usual power button tricks.

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:21 pm
by w0qj
Hey RBS, congrads in advance for your 20,00th posting (just one more to reach this milestone!) ;)

Re: T500 doesn't start. Tried the usual power button tricks.

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:22 pm
by w0qj
The easiest way to start repairwork is to have two (2) units of the same comuter...
then you can swap parts in or out, to see if it works out!

Usually only 1 of the 2 units gets repaired in the end; the other (broken) unit can serve as spare parts...
mbr12 wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:20 pm
It was dumped because it won't start. Most people don't even try to fix something. I got many laptops from there and got them working fine with a little work. Also av receivers, monitors, soundbars....
This one has no life at all, except for the power and batt light. It's not just the screen not coming on.

Re: T500 doesn't start. Tried the usual power button tricks.

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:29 pm
by mbr12
I'm asking for any other tricks beyond the usual "press the power button 10 times..."
Anybody?

Re: T500 doesn't start. Tried the usual power button tricks.

Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:58 am
by MikalE
It sounds as though the prior owner bricked this machine with trying to update the BIOS, or maybe even attempting to install Libreboot.

For a free machine, a $25 investment in a new MB sounds reasonable to me.

Re: T500 doesn't start. Tried the usual power button tricks.

Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:51 am
by mbr12
What other mobos are a drop in fit? Either the same specs or an upgrade?