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[LENOVO Thinkpad T420s] Laptop boot only about 10% of the times (very randomly)


Hi guys, I bought this laptop as per description, I bought it refurbished since I wanted a cheap and light laptop to carry around.

The laptop worked flawlessly for 8-9 month then suddenly it started to have problems.

At the beginning it started to freeze when using it (screen freezes and that's it), I had to power it off with the power button and then restart it.

After 2-3 months of this it started to refuse booting, sometimes it boot, sometimes it doesn't; all the LED are on (power and HD) but the screen is off, it doesn't even show the BIOS screen.

The laptop boot about 30% of the times I try to start it, the other 70% nothing but the LED as described above, sometimes it freezes during use but again all of this is completely random, I have no idea why it happens.

What I know is this: - I'm pretty sure it's not the LCD panel, I tried to connect an external monitor but it's the same erratic behavior all over again - I'm pretty sure it's not the HD since I tried with a new one, same story... - According to he LENOVO user manual it can be one of these two things (in order of probability): 1 RAM Failure - 2 Motherboard failure.

Well, I hope it's the RAM of course (because it's 30 Euros and easy to change), if it's the MB I can pretty much kiss it goodbye because it would be cheaper to buy an other one than buying the MB.

Now it has been working for two hours running Memtest86+ to test the RAM, I'm already at the second pass but it detected no errors: "Pass complete, no errors, press ESC for exit".

Is memtest infallible? Should I try buy a new RAM stick and try it anyway even if memtest is ok? What's your opinion on this weird erratic and random behaviour?


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Is there one stick of RAM in that machine? If so, move it to the other slot. If there are two sticks, remove one, and then try it in the other slot if it persists. 

Try booting and tapping F10--not sure but that model might have onboard Lenovo diagnostics. If not you can download the utility from their website and run it from a USB stick. That will test the entire system.

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