Last week, one of our customers brought to our service an old IBM ThinkPad T41 laptop, which does not start (turn on). As the customer said, the above problem occurred without any obvious reasons (for example, after a drop, throwing liquid, etc.). In this case, the problem is usually related to the power supply (such as a faulty power supply or damaged charging circuit) or the laptop’s motherboard is dead. But if you have a dead IBM Lenovo laptop and you can try to solve the laptop’s power problems by following the detailed instructions in this guide before contacting the laptop service to solve your problem.
Before troubleshooting power issues with the following steps, first make sure that:
1. The laptop is properly connected to an active power source.
2. There is no damage to the power cord.
3. The battery is installed correctly.
How to bring a dead IBM (Lenovo) ThinkPad laptop back to life.
Step 1: Turn on the laptop without the battery.
1. Remove the battery.
2. Press the power button to turn on the laptop.
3. If your laptop turns on normally, turn off your computer and replace the battery. (Otherwise go to step 2.)
4. Turn on the laptop and check that it works normally with the battery connected. If not, then you need to replace the battery or you can do without it.
Step 2. Remove all peripherals and troubleshoot hibernation.
1. Remove the battery and power cord.
2. Disconnect all connected devices and external devices (USB drives, keyboard, mouse, printers, etc.).
3. To resolve hibernation issues, press and hold the Power button for 45-50 seconds (recover from hibernation).
4. Reconnect the power cord and battery.
5. Now press the power button once and check if your laptop turns on normally. If not, go to step 3.
Step 3. Perform a static discharge on an IBM Lenovo laptop.
1. Remove the battery, power cord, and all connected external devices.
2. Press the Power button ten (10) times in succession within one second.
3. Now press and hold the power button for thirty (30) seconds.
4. Then reconnect the battery and power cord.
5. Finally, press the power button once and check if your laptop turns on normally.
If you follow the steps above and still have no luck in restoring your Lenovo laptop, you will need to contact a professional laptop service to fix your problem.