Thinkpad: Hey everyone, I have a P51 workstation.

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Oct. 3, 2022, 10:48 p.m.

Hey everyone, I have a P51 workstation. This green indicator is always flickering. What does that mean? Anything to worry about?
Thanking you in advance.

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Oct. 3, 2022, 10:48 p.m.

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Oct. 3, 2022, 10:48 p.m.

I actually wish they would bring those lights back, I love the connectivity indicator and hardrive monitor light on the inside and the charging and sleep lamps they had on the lid (the good ol x220 era)

While we are at it bring back the think light too!

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Oct. 3, 2022, 10:48 p.m.

Back in the day, hard drives used to be a lot more finicky and slow than they are now. If your computer was locked up and you weren't sure why, it was often the case you could see your hard drive light stuck on, indicating the drive was doing something, probably blocking whatever operation the software was trying to do. If the hard drive was having a problem reading a particular spot, this light might just be stuck on.

The fact that it is flickering is perfectly normal. It's just an activity light. Showing you that things are happening. 🙂 I wish they still made laptops with these indicators.

that makes sense. thank you verymuch.

Actually it was the operating system that was a lot more finicky and crashed not really the hard drive. The flashing HDD LED was what reassured you that the machine was still doing something and that DOS (or Windows) hadn't just crashed.

I still miss that LED, was way too useful.

Sure, either/or. In my case though, it was often the drives. 😉 But yeah, nice visual check to see what the holdup is!

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Oct. 3, 2022, 10:48 p.m.

Your laptop is busy with HDD read/write.

IMHO.

so can you tell me what should I do now ? or nothing to worry ? thanks

is there any problem with your laptop? Or is it running just fine?

running ok

then nothing to worry about. It's normal that green lamp is flickering when your laptop has HDD I/O activity.

thank you

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Oct. 3, 2022, 10:48 p.m.

Hardrive activity light

ok, so can you tell me what should I do now ? or nothing to worry ? thanks

it is showing the hard drive activity, it is what it is designed to do.

If it's a spinny drive, it might be defragmenting. Not applicable for SSDs.

my C: is SSD

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Oct. 3, 2022, 10:48 p.m.

it means your storage is working.




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