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Disabled video card drivers for IBM ThinkPad A31 2652=Blank screen on reboot

Disabled video card now screen is blank when I turn it on. Away from home and do not have any recovery disks.

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  • jstaff271 Sep 18, 2008

    I just received a IBM TP a31 and the screen is always black. I can use an external monitor but how do I know if it is a board problem or the LCD screen.

    How do you diagnose

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Hi, so far as i can understand ur question, u have disabled the video card in the device manager, if thats the case then post boot hit the F8 key which will take u to the startup menu, select safe mode with VGA option, then enable the vga card back and restart.. let me know

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