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Win10 installing, entered a PIN, bricked

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Win10 installing, entered a PIN, bricked

#1 Post by Beldar » Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:55 am

I just got a T510, it's bricked, for now.
Sequence:
came from eBay with no OS on a 500gb HDD
powered up to textual DOS-like screen
powered down, put on charger overnight
took off charger
installed SSD, booted to BIOS
removed password need in BIOS, Saved
while still looking at BIOS, it beeped and powered off
it wouldn't power on
battery dead? plugged in charger
restarted with Win 10 1909 .iso on optical
Win 10 proceeded to install
finally it asked for a PIN, put one in
died/went dark/won't restart
optical drawer won't open
seemingly bricked

read web info about this:
Use the power button to restart your computer three times. This will start the Windows Recovery Environment.
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...2cb149b?auth=1
the power button 3 times did nothing
removed battery, still plugged in, still no power

THOUGHTS? Bad AC adapter? Bad CMOS battery? Something I inadvertently did in the BIOS?

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Re: Win10 installing, entered a PIN, bricked

#2 Post by axur-delmeria » Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:31 am

Symptoms point to a bad charger. Hopefully it's just that.
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X601 Core 2 Duo T8100
Toy: X60F Core Solo U1300
On loan: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
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Re: Win10 installing, entered a PIN, bricked

#3 Post by Beldar » Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:54 am

I tried starting it with the drive removed, no go. The charger from my old Dell Inspiron 3520 is too small.

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Re: Win10 installing, entered a PIN, bricked

#4 Post by TPFanatic » Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:47 pm

May be best to return it.
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