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System Board
rsierra Jan-17-02 02:26 PM
Hi Larry - Hi Gang,

I have an IBM Thinkpad 770x. I try using it the other night, it had been two weeks since I used it and it would not boot up. When I boot up I can hear the fan but no display. The Floopy clicks once and that is about it. I can not view the display so I can't see the set up. I plugged in a monitor to see if that was it but no luck. I also went out and replaced the battery on the system board thinking that would have some affect on the CMOS but nothing. When I try to boot up to a startup disk it does not seem to be reading it. I have a friend that has the same laptop. I switched out my hard drive to recover what was on there (running Win 98). I also switched out the RAM thinking that would have some affect but no luck. I think it is the system board. Can someone please help me with this. I really need to have this baby up and running.

Thank you for taking the time out to read this.


1. RE: System Board
lbyard Jan-17-02 06:20 PM
In response to message 0
Sorry, but I think you need to find a shop/depote that specializes in fixing laptops. One that is certified by IBM and is big enough to have the parts and manuals, etc. Larry

2. RE: System Board
rsierra Jan-17-02 06:38 PM
In response to message 1
Thank you Larry I was afraid of that. Any one you can suggest that would sell the system board without charging me an arm and a leg?


5. RE: System Board
lbyard Jan-17-02 06:54 PM
In response to message 2
It might not be the system board. In any event, they are most likely going to charge an arm and a leg if you value your notebook. Look for IBM in the yellow pages or contact them directly. I don't think they will sell you parts to do it yourself. You might start at http://www.compu-mart.com/. That is not an endorsement. Larry

6. RE: System Board
rsierra Feb-20-02 01:46 PM
In response to message 5
Hello All,
Just wanted to share a follow up on this one. I purchased a system board for this laptop on ebay. I paid $80 for it. IBM wanted $1100 new and resellers wanted over $700. It took a while to learn I was going to have to remove every screw that is in this thinkpad to replace the system board. I had to think about a couple of times before diving in. It maybe easier for some to take a picture of it at first if you think you may question where everything goes. If I can do it anyone can.

Larry and gang as always thank you for all your help

7. RE: System Board
lbyard Feb-20-02 02:01 PM
In response to message 6
Excellent, four stars for ingenuity and skill! Now you know why I do not like to work on laptops... Usually, the hardest problem besides taking one apart without breaking it, is getting the parts to fix it... and without getting stuck with some mighty expensive parts. Larry

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