Latest eBay acquisition, 'cuz I just gotta get other T21s to troubleshoot my "problem" system. Plus it's got something I like...
T21 for $69.19
(seller refunded excess $5.50 for shipping; nice guy!)
Seller said that the system didn't work. Was being offered mostly stripped down (no HD, memory or battery; not an issue for me). He put a link in his auction to more pictures, which didn't work but I found them anyway. Did my usual sniping and received the system two days later. Opened up the box, did a quick visual inspection then plugged it in. 1-3-3-1 beep was not
expected and it complained that no operating system was found. I figured that I won't get ANY activity at all!
Popped in a spare 256MB module and PC Doctor CD and booted it again. Came up and passed all of the diagnostics. This is looking good
! Found the old T21 hard drive that I kept when I sold my first one to another member here. Plugged it in, booted Windows, reset the screen resolution (get to this in a sec), let it discover the "new" optical drive, and then I shut it down. Brought it to work where it's been running PC Doctor and downloading Windows updates since the drive has been inactive for a couple of months.
Now here's where I know I'm going to jinx things... It has not failed to turn on yet. Been shut off and restarted at least 10 times now. Does not exhibit the "blink of death" (agghhh! he said it!!!) problem. Which of course means it still could
have it. Now I'm thinking whether or not to contact the eBay seller and ask for more details as to why he said several times that the laptop didn't work.
So, why buy this system in the first place? It's got an SXGA+ screen
. I've only found one dead red pixel, otherwise it's in good shape. Actually, it's better than the one in the T23 that I use every day (no pink tint when the backlight is fired up). Figuring (well, hoping) that the panel was okay, I was willing to spend a little bit more than what I won the auction for. Even if the motherboard has the B-O-D problem, I think it was worth it to get a fairly good SXGA+ panel.