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IBM Thinkpad Screen won't come on.

Computer works when attached to a desk moniter but the laptop screen won't come on. Anyway to fix this or do I have to have a new screen installed? Navincsc

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Check your drivers, and make sure they are up to date. Also try to hit function F5 to switch your monitor.

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