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NO VIDEO Having a problem with my T30. recently my girlfriend dropped it. Since then I get no video at all. i've dismantled the laptop, checked all the connections, and even ordered a used replacement from ebay. still i can't get any video on the thinkpad's screen. The laptop starts up, and shuts off again within 5 seconds. However, with an external monitor attached, the laptop will boot and run perfect. even trying to switch to the internal LCD shuts the computer down immediatly. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • matt power Dec 21, 2006

    you can change the resolution, the drivers are fine, the computer just won't boot without the external monitor. AHHHHH! any idea's from anyone would be much appreciated. also is there any way to test my LCD's to see if they work for sure?

  • Texneth Jan 10, 2008

    I also dropped my Dell Latitude and experienced the same problem. Boots up to the Dell logo and then shuts down. After reading your problem, tried the external monitor and unbelievable, but it works.
    After it booting up, I removed the external monitor and kept working until I shut it down, but again did not want to reboot w/o the external monitor.


  • Texneth Jan 10, 2008

    Sorry guys, don't know if it was clear what I said about my Dell Latitude, but the LCD screen started to work at the same time the external monitor started. When I pulled the external monitor, the LCD kept working. Until it was shut down and thereafter same problem.

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I am having exactly the same problem with my fujitsu siemens lifebook. There was a hard fall going through spanish customs. Will try the solution.

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Sounds like a bad or broken lcd inverter board. it takes the signal from the mobo and sends it to the screen. Should be located in the display hinge or next to the mobo. Replacements easy to find

Posted on Dec 30, 2006

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I've been pondering this for awhile but I think sandrew is on the right track: -Probably not the LCD unless you were sold a lemon. -Onboard video circuitry is working with external monitor so that?s not it. Assuming a hard fall I'm more inclined to think that there is damage to or around the connector that the LCD plugs into. Could be a busted solder joint, cracked connector or a damaged printed circuit run near it but I think that?s where you should start looking.

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It must be an integrated graphics problem, probably due to a damaged board. if you have the correct drivers for the graphics, cant see it being anything else, although most people posting seem to have the same problem, it maybe something that has to be set up in the bios, but as we well know manufacturers only allow changes the simplest bios options, others are hidden. Does the external monitor have the ability to change the resolution or is it just VGA mode, if it does then the drivers are fine, it's an lcd setup problem.

Posted on Dec 21, 2006

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