I can only work on my T41Thinkpad with an external monitor
One day, my T41 Thinkpad had a red spot in the lower right corner of the screen and then it suddenly went blank. I rebooted; but the screen was only visible for 3 minutes. I connected to an external monitor and I can work all day. I can't keep working like this; I need the mobility of the Thinkpad.
Is this a cable/connector problem? Are there any repair manuals that I can see online?
Re: I can only work on my T41Thinkpad with an external...
Yes this would be a cable problem, unfortunately its not something you can easily fix. to have it sent in would cost about 700-800 $. your best option would be to take it to a local computer shop and get a quote. I'm speaking from experience when I say this is not an easy job to do yourself.
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you need to go to the speaker icon bottom right corner and right click and select adjust audio properties. Then select voice and the drop down menu with voice recording you select your branded external mic. Enjoy
This may be a defect in the graphics card, since the external monitor (is it properly connected to the VGA-connector and is the power on?) should be recognized automatically and display instead of the internal monitor. The behaviour of the laptop in case an external monitor is connected can sometimes be controlled via the BIOS, which is impossibile to do if the internal monitor or the graphics card doesn't work. I'm afraid that, if you can't reset the BIOS yourself, this may be a case for the repair service.
Hi. Try plugging in an external speaker just to test the issue. It could be just the speaker of the laptop is having the problem. If you were able to hear the sound from the external speaker then the problem is the built in speaker of the computer. If there is no sound coming out to external speakers. Try to reinstall the driver of your soundcard.
How to use the function (Fn) keys on the keyboard - ThinkPad T40, T40p, T41, T41p, T42, T42p, T43, T43p
Switching the display output location. Switch between the computer display and an external monitor. If an external monitor is attached, the computer output is displayed in the following three patterns by turns:
External monitor (CRT display)
Computer display and external monitor (LCD + CRT display)
Computer display (LCD)
For any operating system other than Windows 2000 or Windows XP, no additional procedure is needed. Just press Fn+F7.
This function is not supported if different desktop images are displayed on the computer display and the external monitor (the Extend desktop function).
This function does not work while a DVD movie or a video clip is playing.
To enable this function in Windows 2000 and Windows XP, the following procedure is needed:
When you log on to Windows 2000 and Windows XP for the first time, press Fn + F7 and select a display-switching function in the Initial setup window. Since in Windows 2000 and Windows XP multiple users can log on to a single operating system by using different user IDs, each user needs to select the function in the initial setup window when logging on for the first time.
If the Fn + F7 key combination have been assigned to a presentation scheme function, start Presentation Director, and change the settings.
This could be one of two things--a bad LCD screen or a driver problem, Start the computer in safe mode. It should look OK, but not really great resolution. If the squares appear then, try an external monitor. Are the squares on that? If so, it's your video card which just might be part of the motherboard and must be replaced. If the external monitor is OK, then it's your LCD screen If the screen looks OK in safe mode (the LCD screen) then your video drivers need updating.
I don't know what your background is, but this just indicates what is INSTALLED, not how to fix it - you need to "get" the drivers and THEN your registry (an advanced topic) will have these and they will work.
Connect your laptop to an external monitor, you will need to press the Fn + one of the Function keys that control switching the video to the external video port and the LCD screen.
If the video on the external monitor is perfect then the video chip is OK and the fault is either a faulty LCD or LCD connectors on the motherboard is not making proper electrical contact. You can pull apart the laptop and reseat these connectors, there are usually two connectors.