Having problems with your IBM ThinkPad T30 2366 Notebook ?

Memory slot not working

\015 One of the memory slots on my IBM Thinkpad T30 2366 is not working. As i understand, the solution is to replace the motherboard. Is there another solution? Is that job something i can do myself? I am not a computer hardware expert but I do have a tool collection, including small screw drivers. The most i have done internally is to replace the C-mos battery and a memory stick. Thanks for your response.\015

Answers :

Unfortunately, it would be difficult to detect 'why' your memory slot stopped responding. It could have been a short somewhere on the motherboard, which could be found by searching for a small discolored area (darkened) somewhere between the power inputs and the memory slot itself. If this is the case, fixing it yourself would be excrutiatingly difficult, because while you bypass the short, you could very well create another. The memory slot may just be filled with dust, thereby cancelling out one of the dozens of contact points. It could also be one of those contact points within the connection. In my opinion it would be far less time consuming for you to simply replace the motherboard, as the cause is likely unrepairable.
This is a known problem with Thinkpad T30's. There is a soldering defect in the front mem slot. It can be fixed without replacing the motherboard by re-soldering the broken solder point(s) but it takes a special soldering tool and a binocular microscope to find it. IBM fixed thousands out of warranty but has now stopped fixing them. Look for a repair shop that knows about this problem. Most likely it can be fixed for less than $75.
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