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Mark Atwood
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My laptop, amsu died on me Tuesday afternoon. Thus, no email, no USENET, no LJ, no Gaim. Just a few minutes ago, I yanked my personal password db out of my most recent backup (thus I can now at least LJ via the web interface).

One minute working fine, next minute, wont boot. No screen text, no nothing. The "on" light turns on, and the fan cycles back and forth between off and completely on. According to the IBM repair manual, the thing to do is to completely disassemble it, clean all the contacts, put it all back together, and try it. If it still doesnt work, take it apart AGAIN, and replace the main logic board (which is the single most expensive part of the system, given that it basically IS the computer).

Should I try doing it myself, should I have Seattle Laptop do it, should I get another T23 from eBay? (These are not rhetorical question, feel free to chime in).

I had a backup planned the day it died too. A coworker will be bringing in his T23 tomorrow, so I can swap the HDs and run the backup. (He was going to bring it in today, but he forgot.)

I hate this. A major part of my brain, my life, and my social communiation ability is invested in that device.

Current Mood: anxious anxious

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From: pir Date: November 18th, 2004 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I need to get at data on a disk from a dead laptop I keep an adaptor around to plug 2.5" disks into standard IDE data and power connectors, drop it into a desktop box and do backups from there if I need to.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: November 18th, 2004 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't have such a thingee handy myself, but I discovered that my employer's IT dept has an exteral ultrabay with a USB adapter cable. But when I put it all together, the machine I was trying to mount it on could see the USB storage "device", but no storage behind it. That makes me nervous...
From: pir Date: November 18th, 2004 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
They're dirt cheap and I find it very useful to have around. If you want to get one for future use;

elfs From: elfs Date: November 18th, 2004 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, grief. What do you do to that poor machine that it's constantly giving you the finger like that? I don't even have a protective sleeve for mine in my bookbag and yet it just keeps on going despite the horrors I've committed on it. Maybe you should try doing it yourself, and if that doesn't work try getting a new one (a better-one, with say a warranty on it) from half.com or something.
tonyawinter From: tonyawinter Date: November 18th, 2004 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh dear,

I'm sorry to hear that! I had my computer die a few years ago... it sucked and I don't even work with them as you do.
From: pvaneynd Date: November 18th, 2004 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

thanks for the reminder

I'm going to backup my thinkpad, now.

In general I've been happy with IBM's, of all the limited lifespans of thinkpads, they seem to have the longest life without too long "in repair" periods. Yes, I'm searching wood to touch as I type :-)

Personally I'm not so good with hardware, so I would ask for a quote first, if it turns out that ebay it cheaper, get your screwdriver out. At least you gain experience of dissecting thinkpads... Oh, but the X40 seems to be well supported by Linuxdebian.

Good luck!
gipsieee From: gipsieee Date: November 19th, 2004 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)


I'm very sorry... I have no technical advise to give being that my approach to a dead computer is apparently to store the darn thing in the garage for a year and a half while using the new one rather happily... Periodically I miss a bookmark I used to have, but that's about it and I willingly obliterated them without thinking about it about a week before the entire computer went belly up (something electrical was broken and the estimate to diagnose the problem was greater than 50 percent of the purchase price of a new computer)
I hope you can get it back to working or replaced with a minimum of discomfort on your part.
intrepid_reason From: intrepid_reason Date: November 19th, 2004 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)


When you told me Wednesday about this, I was surprised and sad, all I could think was, "Not again!" Sorry I am no help on this.

You're the third person in a month I know who had a laptop topple on them.
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