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TravelMate 5610, Windows XP. Screen dimms down dark randomly.

TravelMate 5610, Windows XP. Hi! My TravelMate shuts down the screen randomly. There is a little mechanical switch to the left of the right joint between keyboard and screen. When the incident occurs and my laptop switches off the screen, I can try and manually push that switch with a pencil or biro. After release, the screen lightens up for a few seconds and then goes dark again. It seems like it's not completely switched off, as you can see the Windows desktop pattern very dimmly, when you darken the room. However, it's impossible to make out where the mouse is. I read that others had similar problems and could solve them with swapping RAM chips, but it didn't do it for me. Any suggestions?

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  • Volker Janssen May 09, 2010

    Hi Riztech,

    Thank you for you quick reply. Actually, it happens after the manufacturer information is displayed, with the hint at the bottom, asking you to press F2 to go to the boot section.

    After that the next screen (simply black background with white characters) should ask me which partition to use as there is a Windows Server and a WinXP partition installed on this Laptop. But at this stage the screen already dimms down.





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Before we conclude in swapping the memory chip; i would like to probe few question which would narrow down the problem.

When you boot the laptop, does the boot screen displaying the Manufacturer information appears Dim too? or it goes Dim after that?


Posted on May 08, 2010

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    Mohammed Rizwan May 08, 2010

    The switch that you are referring to must be Hibernate switch, which should be stuck. Try to release that with an needle.

  • Mohammed Rizwan
    Mohammed Rizwan May 09, 2010

    Hi Volker,

    Did you check the hibernate switch? if that switch is stuck; you need to release that using a needle. Can you please confirm me that, before we proceed further.




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