Laptop Freezes Randomly
Posted 05 January 2009 - 02:46 AM
Posted 05 January 2009 - 04:12 AM
Can the laptop boot to bios and remain there for a significant time without crashing? To get to the bios screen, hit the F1 or F10 directly after starting up the laptop. This is to see if the problem is possibly related to the laptop hardware, or the OS.
Posted 05 January 2009 - 04:16 PM
Posted 05 January 2009 - 07:19 PM
What you can try to do to verify if the video device is faulty, is to lift up the keyboard and put a slight downward pressure on the video device while booting up. Don't remove the video device heatsink, and don't use too much pressure. See if that will have any effect on the machine. If it does, then you know what that means. As stated, this would be my last ditch effort.
Since it appears you know what you're doing, I'm going to assume you did some ram troubleshooting... removing one stick, or swapping sticks, if there is more than one stick available. Also, since you're at this level of trouble shooting, you should also try to pull out any device you can to see if something could be messing up the power forms to the laptop... ie, wireless card, dvd, any express card... anything removable... and then try to get the bios screen to post again. (note... you must have at least one stick of ram to be able to post without error). Another option is to boot from an external floppy drive, if you have one, and attempt to update the bios... this should be the VERY LAST OPTION as a failed update in the apparrent condition of your laptop will definitely kill it. I would never recommend updating bios without good reason, but I think in this case, there may be no other choice. Again, only as the VERY LAST OPTION!
Posted 06 January 2009 - 08:11 PM
Posted 07 January 2009 - 03:30 AM
Sorry, the Thinkpad forum is undergoing renovation. They've been trying to move the forum and I thought they were done as the link worked when I posted it. I will try to udate the link later.
That heatgun method you mentioned, the link is broken.
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