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Old Ibm Thinkpad Needs Surgery


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#1 DebMarieGreene

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Posted 29 October 2007 - 05:42 AM

I won this IBM Thinkpad and docking stations in a company lottery in the late 1990's when they were upgrading to new machines. Love it, want to keep it running. Seems to me some chips are starting to go -- example: flapping bird appears on screen and I need to enter time and date manually before it will boot.

Hoping to get your suggestions on where to take it for competent assessment and surgery if necessary.

Have taken it to a few local places in hopes of getting diagnosis and treatment plan but no luck, they say "junk it."

I suspect it needs to be doctored by a "seasoned professional" with a subversive attitude.

Geographically located in NYC and Albany NY areas.

Any suggestions?

Many thanks,

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Posted 29 October 2007 - 07:09 AM

My first thoughts are to replace the BIOS (motherboard) battery. If you post the Model we can more than likely fine you a diagram of how to replace the BIOS battery.
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Posted 30 October 2007 - 08:17 AM

We work on these workhorses at my shop (but our resources are limited to mostly software fixes) and they are a great old system.

As Acklan suggests, I'd try working on it yourself - it'll be a rewarding experience to get it up and running on your own (and you'll understand a lot more about how computers work after doing it). As another plus, the repair work you do yourself is vastly cheaper than having someone else do it!

If you don't want to do that, then keep canvassing the local shops until you find someone who will work on it. These systems are hard to kill, so there's gotta be someone locally who can work on them.
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Posted 07 November 2007 - 11:09 AM

Model number is faded and hard to read but appears to be 2645. This is a "600X" laptop. Many thanks; I will enjoy working on it myself.

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Posted 07 November 2007 - 02:02 PM

Handy reference: http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss...cid=MIGR-4CYN99

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Posted 07 November 2007 - 05:35 PM

I remember on my old Thinkpad the latest OS I could put on it without problems, was Win2000 without a BIOS update Mine might have been a year or 2 older
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Posted 07 November 2007 - 07:39 PM

most of the IBM used a non replacable battery in their laptops, the only way to fix it is to replace the board which is way more than a old IBM laptop is worth.

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Posted 08 November 2007 - 12:34 AM

I have found that early P-Is and older notebooks (Or as they were known back then as "Laptops") had soldered CMOS batteries, but all of the current notebook that I have worked on have a replaceable style CMOS battery.

Here is a diagram on where the CMOS (BIOS or motherboard battery as it is sometimes called) is located and how to replace it, for the 600 series IBM ThinkPad notebooks. Make sure if you do not use an exact replacement battery you get one with the correct polarity (The black and red wires are in the same place).

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Edited by acklan, 08 November 2007 - 12:35 AM.

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