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A blank screen on ibm thinkpad R51

My laptop screen goes black the computer still running if i close lid and open it comes back onmy button is not stuck though is it the fan how can i test that it progreseively gets worse doing it more often a icon on the bottom of the screen by the battery and circle icon blinks rarely i can hear my thinkpad R51 it sounds normal but the status indicators do not work and the screen stays black even by a bright light

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I had the same problem with an R51 I own. When I bought it (used), it came with a cheap chinese replacement Ac adapter that made a sizzling noice when plugged in. I noticed that the screen would only act this way when the ac adapter was plugged in. My easy solution was to use an IBM brand adapter with same output config (which I had in my basement from an older laptop). Ever since, no problems. I know this problem is over a year old, so I am posting this solution for those who are google searching this now.

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Your wires connecting from your laptop hardware to your display is messed up and is only "re-connected" and "hot-wired" by your action of closing/opening the lid.... use your warranty... your problem is when your warranty is expired so be glad this happened when you still have warranty

Posted on May 29, 2009

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    Jeff Henry Sep 30, 2010

    The problem with mine was the power adapter. The problem seemed to only occur when I was using the adapter. I replaced it and haven't had the problem since. I had a feeling that it needed replaced since I bought the laptop used and it came with some cheap chinese replacement that sizzled whenever I had it plugged in.



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