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Laptop screen is barely readable, cannot not determine location of cursor.

I have a IBM think pad R51, I recently borrowed it out and it was returned with a dead battery. I plugged the battery chargeing adapter into the outlet and let charge for a day. When I turn on the laptop the screen is very dull, almost completely unreadable. The laptop appears to be functioning, but I cannot navigate because I cannot see the cursor. Is there a way for me to find out if the problem is the battery or the screen backlight?

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Re: Laptop screen is barely readable, cannot not...

I am having the same problem, my screen apears to be pretty nuch black until i have to tilt it up to be able to slightly read the dark screen.

Posted on Oct 06, 2008

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I've had a replacement screen come in from the vendor directly that was dim from the get go. We removed the casing on the screen and noticed that one of the cables wasnt seated correctly. We pushed it in, heard a click and powered up the laptop again, this time the screen was fine.

Of course if you are not comfortable with removing the screen plating I dont recogmend this, also if your laptop is in warranty your better off just sending it in for repairs.

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Screen back light or inverter gone - repair shop for this one

Posted on May 25, 2007

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Remove the battery, plug the ac adapter and try to boot up. This is to check if the battery is the cause. If the issue is still there, while you are on windows, hold down the Fn key then keep on tapping the home key. This is to increase the brightness of the LCD.
If still nothing happens, you may want to try it out on an external monitor just to check if you can seee the cursor. Plug in the external monitor then boot the unit, it should automatically display it on the external monitor, if not press and hold the Fn key then tap F7 to switch displays. Then check if your display setting is set to extended display under display properties, that's why your cursor is gone
Of course if everything fails, you may need to check the FL inverter on the laptop. This will be the bulb light. This bulb rarely busts so you may consider just reseating it to fix the Issue.
Hope this helps.

Posted on Sep 20, 2008

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