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Thinkpad T30 - Coloured lines on Screen

It seems that my IBM Thinkpad T30 LCD screen is faulty as when I turn it on all I see are very thin colored lines although the backlight is fine. I have tried resetting the video cable connections in the back of the screen and also the inverter but have not been able to reset the cable at the mainboard end as it seems you have to remove lots of parts to get to it. However I have an old T21 that doesn't work but I know the screen is good.
Can I test the T30 with a T21 Screen?

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  • craigrob2 Jun 16, 2009

    Sorry I forgot to mention that laptop works fine if I connect and external monitor.

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Yes the screens are interchangeable.

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