Question about Toshiba Satellite M115-S1061 Notebook

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Screen no probs 'till 2days ago when startup produced really static-filled screen. could move screen a little & would go away. problem gets a little worse as time goes. am 1 month past warranty. new screen would be out of budget. would rather hear of known issues with this particular model. when more demand on power, seems to be worse as far as not being able to clear problem by simply altering angle of screen

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Re: screen

Sounds like a hardware problem with the screen. Try switching the video driver temporarily to one of the Microsoft standard drivers (like VGA STANDARD) and check if the problem is any different. If it is, then it is a software driver problem. If the problem is the same, switch the driver back and try this.

These solutions may damage your machine, so do so at your own risk.

Get the machine running normally and then try the following tests, watching for the static on the screen to change (get better, get worse).

- Tap lightly on the sides of the screen unit
- Open and close the screen unit lid to the full extent in both direction
- *Very lightly* twist the base of the computer one way and another - lightly, just enough to put a little pressure on the case
- *Very lightly* twist the screen unit slightly by the corners - lightly, just enough to put a little pressure on the case
- Tap on the corners of the computer's base unit like knocking lightly on a door

If any of these physical tests change the static on the screen significantly, you have hardware troubles. If this is the case, either take it for professional repair, or, at your own risk, try this.

It is very likely that you either have an electrical short or that the ribbon cable connecting the screen to the motherboard has come partially unseated. Find a friend who knows about taking things apart, tell him you think this might be the problem, and ask him or her to help you lovingly disassemble the machine looking for possible hardware problems. Remember to do anything like this with the machine completely unplugged and the battery out, and as a last resort on a machine you need but cannot afford to fix.

Final hint: if tapping or twisting the screen lightly changes the static, you probably have a ribbon cable or other hardware problem *in the screen unit*, while if you have changes in the screen when you knock on the base unit, it is likely where the video signal cabling enters the motherboard.

Good luck.

Posted on Nov 16, 2007

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