ThinkPad screen keeps going out

By holstein ·
It appears there's a short inside my T41p. The screen will be fine and then it goes gray, then goes out. If I try to reboot it often doesn't help. If I push firmly around the keyboard and try to reboot it seems like this does the trick. But then if I move the screen or push too hard the screen goes out again.

Firing it up with a boot CD doesn't help. And, as I said, when the screen is working it's working fine and looks good and everything operates normally.

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Have you tried connecting an external monitor

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to ThinkPad screen keeps goi ...

To check the Video Out Feed?

If that is working OK you'll need to take it to some service Agent for repairs which could involve anything from reattaching the monitor lead to a new Monitor or M'Board depending on what is wrong with the unit.

It's also a very good idea to backup everything before sending the unit away for repair as the T41 has an onboard Encryption Chip and you'll need this Encryption Key and data to be able to read your data.


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It's not the screen

by holstein In reply to Have you tried connecting ...

Yeah, I work with both the laptop's LCD and an external monitor and it makes no difference -- touch the computer wrong and the screen craps out. Everything's backed up so the next step is to take it apart, **** some air inside to clean out the dust and crumbs, and then check for something that's loose. After that it get shipped off to tech.

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Well it sounds like the M'Board is faulty

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to It's not the screen

Not a great thing to happen with a T41 as they are anything but cheap to replace.

It's also a good idea to check the Air Intakes for a partial blockage and clean out where necessary as Overheating can Destroy NB M'Boards quite quickly as well and it's important to make sure that the NB is never left running on a table/desk/bed with some form of covering that can get sucked up and block the air intakes and allow the unit to overheat. Probably will not help this time but it's something to look out for in the future if you get this unit repaired and don't just go out and buy a new one. Even if you do you need to make sure that there is nothing capable of blocking the air intakes to keep the machine cool.


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Opened up the hood and looked around

by holstein In reply to Well it sounds like the M ...

Through process of elimination it appears there's a short somewhere. Even with the keyboard and palm rest removed, if I touch the casing above the DVD, or somewhere on the exposed board to the left, the video goes screwy. Each time I press lightly the video does funky things. I guess it's time to send it off to support.

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