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    ThinkPad problems...

    I bought a refurbished ThinkPad X200T back in March (from a company - not a private seller). Last night, it powered off and will not turn back on

    I've had a google and it seems to be related to this: http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/diag...DocID=HT004164 . I've followed those instructions and it still won't turn on.

    Unfortunately, it's out of warranty.

    I'm just wondering where I stand...Or should I be looking for something new?

    tl;dr - laptop died - could be something to do with a fault when it was resold, what do I do?

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    Re: ThinkPad problems...

    Did you check the the PSU/mains cable still work?

    Are you sure the warranty has expired, I thought those came with a 3 years return to base warranty?

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    Re: ThinkPad problems...

    It will show as charging/plugged in when the power cable is connected with or without the battery.

    The X200Ts are from way back in March 2009. It's a refurb. I've had a good use out of it in the time I've owned it, and it's saved me more time that I could have imagined. I'm not too bothered if it's dead, it'd be nice to see it live again though.

    Going to strip it right down in the morning, see if it really is the motherboard that's died.

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    Re: ThinkPad problems...

    That does sound like it is toast I suppose.

    Refurbished goods will normally be covered by the Sales of Goods Act in the same way as a new item. So if you feel that the computer has fallen well short of it's expected life time (I would, my old X61s that I got as a refurb off eBay in 2010 is still going - it even showed a few months of warranty left on the Lenovo website at the time of purchase) you may have the right to a partial refund, replacement or a repair.

    However I would expect the seller to resist, kicking and screaming, as the motherboard will be a relatively costly replacement.

    Assuming that you did not buy it "sold as seen", but as a working item, it is certainly worth contacting them and politely telling them to remedy the fault.
    Last edited by SUMMONER; 17-12-2012 at 04:21 PM.

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    Re: ThinkPad problems...

    Just tried to boot it with no memory - no beeps. I think the motherboard has gone.

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    Re: ThinkPad problems...

    Tried removing the CMOS battery? I had an old T30 that would occassionally 'die' completely unless I took the CMOS out for a bit, then (after complaining about the cmos checksum being wrong) would boot happily again... worth a poke

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    Re: ThinkPad problems...

    Yup, removed CMOS battery for a few mins - pressed power on - replaced CMOS battery. Still the same symptoms. I think it's a lost cause

    Thanks for your help guys!

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    Re: ThinkPad problems...

    Is there any indication that the power button is actually working when it's pressed (I'm not sure how you would know really)

    I have an X60s refurb (which I love ) and one day it wouldn't switch on, I assumed the worse but then tried sticking it in the dock and pressing the power button on that. To my surprise and joy it worked After that the normal power button seemed to work again, I'm not sure if it was just a coincidence but there we go!

    Also, this worth a try?

    So I called up IBM support and explained the situation. The guy on the other end then let me in on the secret power button code to revive your dead Thinkpad. After assessing the situation (totally dead laptop) he warned me: “Okay, this is going to sound totally bizarre, but I want you to give this a try…” He then had me unplug the AC adapter and take out the battery. Then, you push the power button 10 times in a row at one second intervals. Next, you push and hold the power button for 30 seconds. Then you put the battery back in and push the power button… and she lives. The computer came back, good as ever.
    From - http://www.masnick.com/2007/09/07/th...-back-to-life/

    Edit: I am assuming that's not what your original Lenovo link was about, but I can't see for sure because it seems they have a problem with their website right now

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    Re: ThinkPad problems...

    Both the power buttons work (It's a tablet, so there's one below the screen). The power button powers the machine on - the CPU fan spins for a split second, the power LED flashes and then it turns off.

    I found that piece of advice whilst having a google. No luck, unfortunately.

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