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IBM Thinkpad wont POST just beeps

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I have a IBM Thinkpad A30. When I start it it beeps four times (1-1-1-1) and then just sits there with a blank screen. I tried reseating the memory, the keyboard and the cable to the screen. What the heck is wrong?

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Hello,

I looked at the Beep and no beep codes - ThinkPad A30/p, A31/p page on IBM/Lenovo's support web site and the beep code you mentioned was not listed.

Given the age of the system, my initial thought is the CMOS/RTC backup battery has finally failed. You could try replacing it and see if that solves the problem.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

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Thanks for the reply. I tried replacing the battery, but that didn't make a difference.

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does the screen show any sign of life, at all? Have you tried plugging in an external screen?

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Nothing on the screen, no output to an external monitor.

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Have you done anything major to it or did you just turn it on one day and it beeped?

See if it boots without the hard drive and/or CD drive connected. Try different RAM (or if there's 2 sticks, remove 1, try it, if it still doesn't work try it with the other, etc).

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Try booting with a live Linux CD just to make sure the video chip / screen are OK

4 beeps on a Thinkpad usually mean a problem with Security Chip.

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Turned out to be a bad RAM module. Thanks for the help.

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