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\015 I have a very puzzling problem with my laptop.\015\012\015\012The computer will sometimes completely freeze. No hard drive activity, no mouse response, nothing. This bug is platform independant. It occurs in Windows XP as well as a linux invironenment that I boot into via flash drive.\015\012\015\012The only way to unfreeze it and continueworking is to apply pressure either on the keyboard or on the left or right corners closest to user in front of the keyboard. I have removed the keyboard and tightened up all screws that were accessible. I have also removed the hard drive and blown off the connectors with dustoff.\015\012\015\012Another unusual bug that has arrisen with the freezing bug is that my laptop will accept drives connected via USB for a little while, but then disconnect them. After this disconnection happens, windows will give me a notice that the usb device could not be recognized and is likely to have malfunctioned. All of these drives work fine on other machines, so I know this is not the case.\015\012\015\012Has anyone else had this issue? Any solutions? I'm extremely tight on money at the moment, so a new laptop or even a new MB is not an option. I can only hope it's a simple fix!\015\012\015\012Thanks All --\015

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I don't have a solution to this problem but I know what the issue is because I have bought several of these unit and they all have one of two problems.\015\012\015\0121 If they have the ATI X300 Radeon video then it is a GPU issue that has plague the T4x series and I believe it migrated into the T60 as well this is a very disturbing issue in the sense that IBM/Lenovo has known about this problem and won't take ownership and have a recall. The cost of these machine's are unbelievable when new and to have a problem like this it is unacceptable.\015\012\015\012The other issue is the Southbridge and it has the same problem as the GPU, which is a solder problem.\015\012\015\012The solder joints between the board and the BGA become cracked and cause intermittent issues such as freezing, HDD not to spin ETC practically everything runs through the Southbridge (PCI controller) even video control signals and USB.\015\012The cause is flexing of the motherboard over time\015\012Solution 1.\015\012Find a place that does this type of rework there are some companies offering this service but do your homework before hand I am in the process of getting one of these boards done but the cost is not cheap. I think it is cheaper then getting a new motherboard \015\012\015\012Solution 2 \015\012\015\012Get a new motherboard $400.00 and after three or four years have the same problem.\015\012 I hope this helps. Dee
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