I have posted in many other forums and the people that reply come to somewhat the same conclusion, that my video card has failed (but not completely).
Summed up, the computer beeps 1 long beep, then 2 short beeps, then nothing. An unlit monitor on my laptop.
It will, if I press on, boot normally, but only if a few steps are done.
I have come to the conclusion that this is not a video card problem, because a bad connection being good again because of
an artificially overheated (human intervened) video card, yes, is plausible, but there is 1 thing that I know that changes that entire idea.
I don't have to overheat it at all to make it work. In fact I just leave it off and have it plugged in for a few minutes. Absolutely no heat is being created in doing so, and that 1 simple thing allows the laptop to turn on normally. You could overheat it for days and days and it still won't turn on, but as soon as you take the off-plugged in approach, it starts working.
What I saw today surprised me, being the 90th+ day of me messing with this thing, an error came up. "You might be a victim of counterfeit windows software" error. If I'm not mistaken, I've never seen microsoft be so.. helpful in this kind of way.
Now, this might seem a little tin-foil hatted to some, but what is stopping a privately funded hacker from creating a virus that self-replicates into the system ram (Bios area), and to the hard drive, so that the majority of old-computer owners buy new hardware, to further the profit growth of a company, say, Microsoft.
Maybe "Virus" is not the right term, but let's call it a Virus since it annoys me and stops my laptop from working properly, but I have heard of such a virus that was created by the government, like, it's real. Look it up. You see, if you erase the hard drive, it doesn't matter because the virus will just replicate its self back onto the hard drive and back into the ram ect. no matter how many times you press and hold the power button to "Clear the memory".
Now, this is nuts. I won't take "Video Card Failure" as the answer, because solder and/or heat paste needs heat in order to be "Mended" into working again. Furthermore, heat paste I imagine has nothing to do with how the video card is connected to the motherboard, but I have heard the bogus response to this query by many.
A good symptom is that once I finally get it booted, I can restart it many many times, say 30 - 40 times in a row if I wanted, for a week. Then one day it won't boot, and I'll retry again. I have no need to cross my fingers, to worry myself that one day it will just never turn on. That's bogus. I've heard that. "Too many times doing that overheating thing will make it finally fail indefinitely". Nope! It keeps working. I've re-installed windows about 5 times since this started, Ubuntu about 2 times. The problem seems to go away after I re-install, but only for a week. Then the intermittent crap starts again.
The first time this happened I got a 0x7B blue screen error. Never saw it since. I have also seen no performance issues with the display or graphics. I am thinking of going ahead and buying an external graphics card by Nvidia, but sadly my nature wishes to keep messing with it's stock setup.
IBM Lenovo Thinkpad T61P
4 GB Ram, Intel T7700 Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, 15"
120 GB Intel Solid state drive
Edited by GDT61Brick, 10 July 2014 - 05:10 PM.