no activity on laptop

  Steve C 12:39 30 Jun 2005

ive been given a IBM thinkpad T21 that wont work and if i can get to work will be ideal for my daughter for her school work. All that happens is that when its switched on the IBM logo comes up and the words press F1 for IBM THINKPAD BIOS SETUP UTILITY and press F12 TO CHOOSE TEMPORARY BOOT DEVICE nothing else no whirring hsrddrive just the sound of the fan operating.Has any one any ideas whats wrong.
I think the mainboard is U/S would it be worth getting it fixed

  Completealias 12:44 30 Jun 2005

Don't think it u/s as at least your getting something go into the BIOS and check the boot settings and see if the hard drive is recognised etc.

Could be either hard drive isn't recognised in which case set to autodetect if still nothing hard drive could be knackered. Boot settings could be wrong I would go with 1 removable device 2 hard drive. Try booting with a boot disk

  Taff36 12:50 30 Jun 2005

I don`t know how old it is but the last laptop I was "given" suffered from the usual problems - the battery had all but expired. They are relatively expensive to replace too. My Compaq laptop battery costs £110 to replace for example. If your battery was flat when you got it I suggest you leave it on charge for ar least 4 hours and try again. Repairing laptops really depends on what`s wrong with it and spare parts are prohibitively expensive in comparison to buying a new computer. Let`s find out a bit more first though.

What happens if you choose either of the options you mention?

  Steve C 13:00 30 Jun 2005

battery ok nothing happens when you press F1 or F12
cant seem to access bios at all

  Steve C 13:08 30 Jun 2005

wont boot from boot disk

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:25 30 Jun 2005

Had a T30 recently with same problem hard drive had become loosefrom connection.

Maintenance manual at click here shows how to get at HDD.

Good luck

  Steve C 17:10 30 Jun 2005

no harddrive fitted have ordered a new one + caddy
will let you know if it works

  Steve C 13:10 04 Jul 2005

have fitted new harddrive but still no response
any other ideas

  Steve C 13:16 04 Jul 2005

have fitted new drive still no activity

  Steve C 13:16 04 Jul 2005

have fitted new drive still no activity

  Completealias 13:22 04 Jul 2005

Can you get into the BIOS yet?

If so check that its set to auto detect hard drives, did you fit a new internal drive?

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