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IBM Thinkpad A22m 2628 Power On Problem'

\015 Hello All.\015\012\015\012Have a little problem with my Aunties IBM Thinkpad Laptop.....\015\012\015\012Press the power on button, the screen gives a lightning style quick flash, the Hard Disk Drive emblem flashes for a split second, and there is some form of clicking noise which appears to be coming from under the Tab key, or in that area.\015\012\015\012Boot screen will not come up at all.\015\012\015\012Any thoughts would be helpful. Thanks\015\012\015\012Regards Greg\015

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That system is now old enough to suffer a harddrive failure.
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\015\012If you have an emergency boot disk for floppy or optic drive, plug it in and see if the system then at least finishes something - heck, anything!
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\015\012I hope she has been religious about backing up important stuff 'cause otherwise she may never see it again.
Go to the Puppy Linux home page and download Dingo. Burn the ISO to cd. (read the how to's to learn how to burn an ISO if you don't already know how. Change the boot sequence to make CD Rom #1. Insert you new Dingo CD and power on. Follow the prompts and when the O/S is up and running, use Mount to look at your hard drive. If it will mount, you can extract you data to a USB hard drive. If it won't mount, then it is most likely DOA. You can keep using the Dingo CD. It's an awesome O/S. It runs solely in RAM. Should support all your hardware. I have the same model on my operating table right no with the same problem. Good luck.
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