X200s - stuck in Intel(R) Boot Agent) - caused by loose battery?
My beloved Thinkpad X200S seemed to give up yesterday.
At first it was unable to boot the Linux OS running on a brand new SSD. I could enter the BIOS, but beyond that I got stuck in a blank screen. The fan was turning, lights were on, there was no error messages or beeps.
I tried removing the two 2GB RAM sticks one at a time, also swapping places. I tried resetting the BIOS to default in the menu. I tried unplugging and replugging the CMOS. I tried booting from my old HDD. I discharged the battery several times, also tried an old original battery. I tried waiting 30+ minutes for it to boot. None of this changed the outcome. Still stuck in a blank screen unable to acces grub or OS. Trying to boot from several different live USBs gave the same results.
Now I cannot even acces the BIOS, in stead I am presented with the Intel(R) Boot Agent. When I try to move on by hitting the 'save and exit' (F4 i my case), I get back to the blank screen, but this time with a single beep. According to Lenovo support pages, this would indicate a problem with the LDC connection or the systemboard.
I suspect that the problem is in the harware and that I might have done things worse by trying to fix it on my own.
Any ideas from you experienced people? Would you try other things or just give up this old machine?
The battery has been loose the last two months because the lock pins stopped functioning. The battery did slide out a couple of times while the laptop was running leading to sudden shutdowns. What damages could this lead to on hardware?
I have tried searching this topic but didn't find anything. Help is highly appreciated if anyone would be so kind as to point me in the right direction.
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I certainly wouldn't just give up - not yet, anyway! There's not much damage you could have done by trying to fix it yourself. First of all I'd simply try disassembling it, reseating all the cables, and putting it back together. I'm not sure what they mean by the LDC connection.
из Philip Le Riche
Thank you for your comment. I did try that as far as I dared to go. Didn't take of the screen though. I will try and check the booting with an extern monitor when I get the chance, otherwise let someone more experienced have a look at it.