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IBM T42 laptop...NO Video, laptop powers up however fan spins however...ideas???

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  • exmurdoc Mar 31, 2009

    I have the same problem. I don't even Get video on external monitor. I was told if I press hard near the touch pad the video will come on, but haven't been able to work for me. There no beeps, nothing. The lts for the HD show it's spinning and dosen't stop. Any ideas?

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Connect the laptop to an external monitor, you may have to hold down the Function key and press the F8 or F7 CRT/LCD key to switch between monitor and display, to see if the video card is defective.
I hope this helps solve your problem.
Good Luck.

Posted on Mar 15, 2009

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