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Problem with IBM Thinkpad 760el


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benthekurlyest

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Ok, I recently purchased an old IBM Thinkpad 760el from a garage sale and they claimed it worked. When I brought it home, it booted up just fine and then died promptly. I plugged it in for several hours but nothing seems to help. The battery is dead and it won't charge. Is there anything I can do to fix or verify that this is the problem other than buy a 100 dollar battery for a laptop I bought for 20.
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Hi and welcome to Geeks to Go. I take it the old IBM Thinkpad 760el did not power up at all when you plugged it in to charge the battery? This is probably why they unloaded it for $20.00 at the garage sale. BBW. You could try rigging up a dc power supply matching the battery output (assuming you have knowledge and materials to do it) or buy the $100.00 battery and maybe find it still won't work. Then you will be out $120 instead of $20. No easy fix for this one!
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You could always take it apart and flog the parts you would probably get your twenty bucks back.
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Ok,  I recently purchased an old IBM Thinkpad 760el from a garage sale and they claimed it worked.  When I brought it home, it booted up just fine and then died promptly.  I plugged it in for several hours but nothing seems to help.  The battery is dead and it won't charge.  Is there anything I can do to fix or verify that this is the problem other than buy a 100 dollar battery for a laptop I bought for 20.

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benthekurlyest,

the IBM TP 760 EL was sold until early 1998. Equipped with an LiIon battery (28H8924) as main power supply, a NiCd battery soldered to the mainboard and a Li-cell to save the bios options and the clock.

If the Li-cell is week you have to enter the bios options every time you boot up your TP. If the NiCd battery is flat you'll get problems when using the power save mode. Your TP should work without the main battery. You can pull it out. But be careful this battery often seems sticking on.

Good luck from Germany!


Claus

Edited by claus, 18 August 2005 - 01:57 PM.

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