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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.

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  • chrisdclarke Dec 30, 2008

    i have the exact same problem.. and i had it with a previous thinkpad...
    anytime you move the system... it freexes.. and the onlyway to restart it .
    is to unplug it.. and then sometimes it wont start up again... but if i press down in
    certain areas,, it will... now sometimes when i get it working again it says
    there was a problem with the display driver for ati mobility radon....
    so im thinking like the gentleman said,, its either a loose soder.. or a bad connection w the display driver..
    its wierd bc sometimes it doesnt do it for a day or two.. sometimes every 5 mins.... have u had any luck fixing the prob?


  • Chris Hingee
    Chris Hingee May 11, 2010

    Take it back to the PC repair shop, if they can't fix it then get your money back.

    It could be a faulty LCD screen or loose connectors.

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I believe the problem is with the HDD connector. What a poor choice IBM made when they chose that connector design. It is actually two separate pieces. It is not screwed together. You can't tighten it down. My guess is that they did this as some sort of shock absorbency prevention. In trying to prevent one problem they have created a different problem. I think this can easily be fixed you just need to figure out a way to keep the connector pressed down. I saw one person suggest drilling holes in the motherboard and zip tying it down. I think this is a very bad idea. With boards now being multi-layered you really can't be sure you aren't drilling through a trace. I am inclined to think that super glue may be the answer. It may not last forever, but you can always glue it again when you need to. What's the point of having shock absorbency if the computer is already messed up? IBM's engineers just didn't have the foresight on this matter. I'm willing to bet they know all about it now!

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Sounds like you have a video chip with loose solder connections. Next time this happens, try firmly lifting straight up on the front left corner of the keyboard. If the display comes back, or tries to come back, then you have probably pretty much confirmed that this is the problem. You could hook up an external monitor. If this problem doesn't show up on the external,you may have an LCD, or LCD cable problem. But from what you are describing, I would suggest that you will see the same problem with the external.
Please get back to me with what you find out.
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If thats the case then its probably the cable from your screen to the motherboard. This cable is called the screen ribbon cable. these cables are not meant to be pulled out and in more than 2 times and after that they become unpredictable. Ask the shop if they can replace it.

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