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Hand-me-down IBM Thinkpad 600E 2645 has blinking LCD video XP O/S

I have a hand-me-down IBM Thinkpad 600E 2645 with XP installed which boots ok but the video screen blinks on and off continuously for about 30 seconds immediately upon starting and then goes dim. Sometimes Fn + F7 (switch to xternal monitor) will bring the display back but usually it will return blinking and then go dim again.

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  • Jay Ess
    Jay Ess Jul 28, 2009

    Xtrnal monitor works. Thanx!
    Am keeping LTop as-is, no repairs, just need a standby backup machine with video keyboard and CPU of course! LTop stays home.

  • Jay Ess
    Jay Ess Jul 28, 2009

    RODGE XTRNAL MONITOR WORKS OK. !!

    Will keep the Laptop and leave the LapTop as is since I only want a backup PC here in the house next to the major other PC's. in case one of them crashes and needs repairs. Have several Desktops and LT's all on different services and a KVM Switch so a standby hot backup is esential.

    Mahalo (Hawaiian for thanks!) to you and Colt Baldwin!

    Jack

  • Strahd May 11, 2010

    Did you try an external monitor and does it work normally on it?

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This sounds to me like either your flourescent lighting tube is beginning to go bad ,,, or the inverter is going bad ... or even both. :-)

The cheapest and easiest solution for you is to simply replace the LCD screen (replacing the inverter or the tube are actually a bit cheaper, but not quite as easy to do - most computer repair centers will try to talk you into a new screen anyway). This is actually very simple for either you or someone you know who is an avid "do-it-yourselfer". IBM makes ity very easy. You will find easy, detailed instructions in the ThinkPad 600/600E (2645) Hardware Maintenance Manual, IBM S10L-9619-03 June 1999 available for FREE downloading in .pdf format on IBMs website. Follow this link to some really sweet deals on LCD screens for your 600e on eBay for under $35.00. http://shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=ibm+thinkpad+600e+lcd+screen&_sacat=0&_trksid=p3286.m270.l1313&_sop=12&_dmpt=Vintage_Electronics_R2&_odkw=IBM+tube&_osacat=0

Remember you can always connect an external monitor to your ThinkPad until your new screen arrives if you have one. The manual should also give you instructions to change out the tube if you wish to save a few more bucks and try that route. Hope this will FIX-YA! Please leave your feedback and let me know!

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