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My Ibm Laptop r51 has a vertical lines on the screen

At first i had one vertical, scrolling vertically, line on the screen now i have 4 scrolling and 1 solid vertical line. I have been told on the phone it could be something to do with the light array but i am still unsure of what i should do whether it is fixable or if i need a new screen or if i should just buy a new laptop. Some direction on this matter would be appreciated Thanks I had one vertical line and about a month later another 3 vertical line appeared. Please help

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The lines appearing on your LCD means it has a defect on the screen.

There are 3 types of pixel defect
1) dead pixel - pixel is always off
2) stuck pixel - pixel is always on
3) hot pixel - pixel is on but in red, green, blue or yellow, can also be a light black color

You can try to fix stuck or hot pixels but dead is dead.
1st method, flashing different colors rapidly:
JSScreenfix.com has a great tool. This is their free java applet or you can download it below.

2nd method, applying pressure to pixel:
Damp paper towel, Small stylus or dull pencil.

3rd method, tapping the pixel:
Pen with cover on or another small, blunt object.


If your laptop is still under warranty, get it replaced. If not you are looking at the most expensive part in a laptop to get replaced. (LCD screens on laptop is roughly equivalent to 40-60% of the total laptop cost

Please rate this if it this helps.

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I suggest you buy a new laptop...otherwise screen repir will be too expensive for you..Good luck

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SOURCE: My Ibm Laptop r51 has a vertical lines on the screen

Our service have 3 pcs of IBM r51 note. All of them has the same problem with the display (vertical lines). When I changed the LCD panel itself, I found that the source of the problem is the panel, not the video card, not the wireing... You only need to drop out the old LCD panel and get a new one. You cannot repair the wrong panel...

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