I have an older IBM Thinkpad. For a couple days the screen flickered like a light bulb dying and then went out completely. Is this done? You can see screen a few seconds during boot up but the it goes black.Just wondering if there was a easy fix or to just not bother at all. Thanks.
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Re: Laptop screen died
Try pressing F8 at boot up see if the safe mode menu comes in. If it does boot into safe mode and once in windows change the screen properties i.e uninstall as when you reboot in normal mode the windows will recognize the monitor and install drivers for it. If you cannot see the sub menu after pressing F8 then there is possibly a power supply to the monitor problem or the monitor is faulty. You can get reconditioned units for this laptop will try eBay first. Check out the prices then decide to proceed or replace.
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Virtually all IBM and Lenovo ThinkPad and ThinkCenter laptops allow you to hook up an additional monitor or projector to the computer. When you add an external monitor or projector to your notebook, you can choose to view the display on the computer, on the external device, or on both the laptop and the external monitor or projector at the same time. Toggling between viewing devices is as simple as pressing a couple of keys on the keyboard.
One of your bulbs may of died out, If it's an LCD take a powerful flashlight and put it up against the screen and see if you can see any visible print or images. If so the problem is one or more of your back light bulbs have burnt out and the inverter has shut down to prevent any shorts or other hazards of high voltage. If this is not the case and you see no print with a powerful flashlight then it may be dead. Make sure you have the screen set on a lighter section such as the windows log in screen, this will allow for optimal light to pass through the LCD making seeing any image much easier. Bulbs are hard to replace and LCDs are pretty reasonable in price. Id sell it as is on ebay and buy another one, it's just easier. There is a quick hack for this but it requires a little soldering. You can pick up a cheep neon bulb wall plug tester and use that soldered in to reactivate the inverter. That however is a take at your own risk quick fix/hack.
It sounds like the Backlight for your laptop gave out.
Heres a simple test to see if THAT is the case
Power it up while under a bright light 100W or better possibly even sunlight on a sunny day. Move the screen at varying angle to the light. If you can see what appears to be a "Shadowy" image of your desktop then YES indeed your backlight went out.
Your backlight should be replaced by an experienced service tech. Unless you are comfortable with working with high voltage electronics (The backlight has a charge capacitor) that can injure you if you are not careful.
There is a VGA connector on the back of your laptop. You can plug in a monitor to that so you may use your laptop. (Until you can get it fixed) Just plug in the monitor and press <Fn> and <F5> to switch to the external display