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Acer Travelmate 201T most times no display

There is some light on the display, but no screen. Only sometimes (maybe every 7th time) it works. So the backlight works, but no signal to the display. The external monitor works all time.
Is it the inverter? Where can I get one. How do I test if it is the inverter (without another travelmate)?

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  • gerrri Dec 14, 2008

    I have already checked the cable for the screen. It is tight. I only wonder why it sometimes works very well.
    Is it worth to replace the screen for such an old laptop? Where can I get one and how much will it be approximately?
    Thanks a lot


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If the backlight is coming on its not the inverter, check the ribbon cable for the screen itself, If its been opened and closed alot maybe be time to replace the screen. Check connections first, go from there.

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  • Justin Washburn Dec 14, 2008

    Alot of times from opening and closing the lid the wires that run to the screen get brittle. Eventually the have a stresst break and the screen goes out. Usually these wires will make a decent connection every now and again bring the screen up, If the screen is moved the screen may or may not go out again. Same issue with flip phones, the lcd will eventually stop working for the same reason. Ebay is your best bet for find a barebones system dirt cheap, in terms of fixing it vs junk, that depends on the price of the parts, valeu of the system to the owner, and so forth. If its an older laptop that the screen even when its working is hard to vieew unless you are looking at it dead center, especially if theprocessor is under 800 mhz, it very well may not be worth the time and effort, now a days you can get a pretty good laptop for 600 to 1000 dollars. I cant really say whether or not it is worth fixing, that would be up to you. At the very least you could fix it, and if you decide to buy something better you can always auction it off as a working system, or sell it for parts. I know im going kinda back and forth, just suggesting options. If you decide you want to fix I can help you find parts, as for testing the inverter, if you see aslight glow around the edges all the times, regardless if there is picture or not, its not the inverter, occasionally i have shined a very bright flash light at a screen and been able to make out a picture, you cantry that, not a sure fire test method though, if you see a picture with a flashlight then its either the backlight or the inverter, the backlight in older systems is asmall thin flourescent/neon tube, they do get old, the inverter inverts the battery power from what ever dc volatge there is(12 to24 volts) to 1000 volts to power this lil tube, if you go to look at the inverter with the power on be very careful as the high voltage from the little inverter board will burn flesh and leaves a pretty good sting, if miss handled. Look for the glow around the edges first, then go from there.

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