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Thinkpad screen goes blank if I touch/move laptop and reboots.

Anytime I moved my laptop, the screen would switch off. I left it with PC repair shop. They said it worked fine for them.

I took it home. Now I just have to touch the laptop (usually lefthand corner beside mouse pad!) and the screen switches off. Sometimes it reboots as well without me doing it.

When the screen switches off, if it doesn't reboot, I have to press power button to switch it off and then back on.

Now, if I power it up, and leave it on a table, I can usually keep it going long enough to check emails etc. However, if I don't use it, the screen will switch off itself after about 5 mins.

There are no keyboard strokes that will get the screen back on (tried Fn-F3; ctrl-alt-del; etc.). Connecting to an external monitor doesn't help either.


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  • alfredocampi Dec 07, 2008

    Hi Aboland!.

    I have exactly the same problem with my laptop as you.

    Please, if you know the solution; may you help me to fix it?. I would be very pleased if you tell me how to resolve it!. I am in a hurry to fix it because I am getting crazy!!! =D Thx in advance.

    My e-mail is: alfredocampillo@terra.es

    Thank you

  • alfredocampi Dec 07, 2008

    Hi Aboland. I have exactly the same problem wit laptop as you.

    I am getting more and more crazy due to that, so that, please; may you help me telling me how have you resolved this problem?. Thank you very in advance.

    My e-mail is: alfredocampillo@terra.es.

  • jokestars Jan 21, 2009

    same problem - just blanks out when i put pressure on the left corner of the machine. makes me think its some loose connection or overheating issue.. please email jokestars@gmail.com if you've found a solution - GOING CRAZY HERE, thanks.

  • Anonymous Jan 30, 2009

    I have the same problem, if you push up on the left side it goes blank, or even if you move the screen a little, there is some loose connection somehwere, but where? No its nothing to do with monitor settings or screensavers, its very obvious the screen goes blank only when pressure is physically applied to the body.

  • arnebergman Feb 03, 2009

    Have aThinkpad T40. Screen can go black without any prewarning. Power and battery lights are on. Only way to restart is to press power switch until off. Same problem happens also sometimes when I start laptop. All lamps blinks once and then only power and battery lamps stay on. No initioal screen and no hard drive activity. After a few on and off it suddenly starts normal and can work for a day or days without problem. Have run chkdsk.

    Any soulution? /Arne

  • millerlee Feb 11, 2009

    screen will go black or starts to display "staticky" type of appearance, everything freezes up; was watching DVD and it stopped and screen did the same thing, followed by black; took laptop to office this morning, worked all day, and then was running virus scan ondemand Mcaffee, and it froze up in the middle; screen froze, had to power off with power button, and now, it is black; won't display anything but battery light and as described below; at one point, during all of this, the screen displayed a message to me, just before one of these annoying instances, that a driver was malfunctioning, and i can not remember what it said; ad--- driver or something like that; it feels like something inside is fighting with other software;



    what is solution?

  • aboland Feb 18, 2009

    I have seached the web for answers to this problem.

    Apparently there is a video chip issue. Through use the connections melt. This can't be fixed by a quick solder. It may be possible to do a repair using a heat gun; but every site that mentions this says that you need to know exactly what you are doing (requires precise temperatures) and even then still requires a lot of luck. I couldn't find any techie person who knew how to do this for me.

    I replaced my laptop. I also salvaged my 120GB drive (buy an external case for about £15 and you have a perfect portable back up drive; and can still access anything you had saved on it from your sThinkpad).

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Push down on the center of your computer and restart it

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I just fixed a T41 laptop. Originally, I turned it on and the screen would go black at a random time and then I would have to either hold the power button down to turn it off or remove the battery and plug to reboot. I knew the monitor and inverter on the laptop was fine because I hooked the vga up to an external monitor and the display went black on the external monitor at the same time. I downloaded the technical manual for a guide to remove the motherboard and I ended up using a heat gun to re-flow the solder on the motherboard. I used this video as a guide:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vR8L3B3eDr0

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Have you check Power Option from control Panel to make sure that power Scheme never take off your screen after 5 or 10 min?

Posted on Nov 17, 2008

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    Chester Harvards Feb 18, 2009

    for this case, it is most likely video chip or video conection problem, which need chips level technician to do some re-solder job, but that's not cheap.



    What you can do, to check IBM web about your laptop feature for the video memory if it share with main memory or indppendent(there is memory in video chip), simple remove or replace memory if it is share with main memory, otherwise you have to go to chips level tech to repair.

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I'm not sure if you're still having this issue, but I was and I came across your query while searching for an answer. What has seemed to work for me was to open up my t41, give everything a thorough dusting, and placing a thin piece of cardboard below the pcmcia caddy. I've been running my laptop for about fifteen minutes now, running tests like carrying it around with one hand holding the left corner. I can't vouch for why or how long it'll work, but it seems to have resolved the issue for now. Hope this works for you too.

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Talked it over with my resident technoxpert and he took the secondary model i have here, which has the same problem, and is going to review its innerds for dirt and filth and a crack. he said a hairline crack, frequently appears in these models, and this is in the circuit board near the power bar (where the power button is with the little access IBM button and the audio volume buttons). He demonstrated that by pressing gently down on the bar and the power button simultaneously, the machine powers back up normally. taking the hacksack ball suggestion, i placed a small object in the center of the machine, under it, and exerted reverse pressure on the power bar area, and yes, that does significantly diminish the occurence of the problem. i like the idea of finding an alternative casing for the hard drive as a back-up, and just replacing the unit for a more durable unit.

any ideas on a more durable unit? I guess thinkpads aren't designed to be used 24/7 by us OCD types...

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Same issues as above, but I have found that if O prop up the back of the laptop with a hackysack ball, the issue lessens.

Sometimes when trying to reboot, I get nothing but the black screen. I found that by exerting a little pressure on the casing just to the left of the on/off, while pressing down the button, I have a boot screen and success.

The issue is getting to the point where it is beyond a minor frustration and having read of this issue over and over, it would be nice if someone at IBM could give us an answer to this obvious deficiency.

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I have the same issue as you with a R50e thinkpad, clearly IBM have made a huge error in production!!!!!!!

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I have an IBM also and found my power connecction was just loose. I got. A universal with various adapters and found one that. Was a tighter fit causing the problem to stop. You may just try pushing in the cord until its secure and your battery light stops blinking then you'll know its tight

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SOURCE: When I start my computer,

Hi Ivanprime200,

You need to boot from the Vista DVD., Click to select 'Repair my Computer'.

At the prompt to select your OS installation, click the button that says 'Load Drivers'. This should bring up a explorer-style drive browser.

Then just right-click on the drive you tried to compress, and deselect 'Compress this Drive', which should still be ticked on.
Make sure you hit apply, and apply to subfolders/files.

After that, restart your laptop.

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SOURCE: A disk read error occurred. the comp. said press ctrl+alt+del

The computer cannot find the operating system, the disk error message means it cannot find the hard disk, you most likely have a faulty hard disk or less likely a faulty disk controller.

You can test the hard disk by removing it and connecting it to a USB hard drive adapter and plug it into a working computer's USB port. If this computer cannot detect this drive as an external drive then you will know your hard drive is faulty ad you need to buy a new one and install Windows and programs etc..

Posted on Jan 25, 2009

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SOURCE: when my thinkpad boots up I get the following

Sounds like a problem with your hard drive, you could follow this guide to make a bootable diagnostics CD to try to determine the exact problem.

http://forum.notebookreview.com/lenovo-ibm/224671-having-issues-w-your-thinkpad-diagnostic-guide.html

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