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T41 IBM thinkpad monitor goes off

I have a laptop T41 IBM thinkpad its moniter goes off after some minutes of working or when I use the keyboard but all other parts working normaly, I tried external monitor it is same.I should turn it off and back on again in order to see things on the screen. I'll appreciate if you can help me to solve this problem. Thank you in advance

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  • Timothy Anderson Jan 27, 2008

    if ya touch the computer while it is on, the screen goes black then it restarts

  • Anonymous Jan 11, 2009

    My thinkpad is doing the same thing, screen goes black when moved. eventually it now keeps restarting itself over and over again. I have called around a few shops and they seem to think it's the motherboard as well, which is not so cheap to replace

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Install the Active Protection System Software. The Accelerometer (yes - a movement detection system - like a Wii controller) doesn't know what to do without the software installed and just shuts the system off. With the software running, that problem goes away.
I really wish IBM had put something at the BIOS level that would display "SHOCK PROTECTION SYSTEM ACTIVATED" so you know what's going on instead of a random blank screen. Oh well - that's up to Lenovo now.

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Saw exactly the same think on another t41 i was trying to fix. If it was moved at all screen went off.

Turned out it was corrosion on the motherboard that was causing the problem.

Has it been liquid damaged or got damp in the past?

Posted on Jan 07, 2008

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