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Okay I have a 14-month old Toshiba Satelite M305-S4910. A few day ago the screen began to flicker if it was tilted to certain angles. That got more extreme until now I can't get the display to work properly. In the right lighting I can make out certain things (bright pictures or a little text) on the screen but otherwise it just seems blank. What exactly could the problem be?

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I have a M305-S4831, the screen started flickering a couple months ago and it seemed that the problem was related to the position of the open screen.

Somewhere I read that the cable connector has very tiny contacts and one may need a new monitor cable. Well, this is what I did with fantastic results:

1. I removed the 4 screen frame screws which are under the 4 plugs.
2. Carefully remove the frame, there are the normal plastic snap into place clips around the frame on all four sides. Use a very thin screwdriver or knife blade to get the first of the clips to release then just keep going around until all clips are free. CAUTION: the wireless antenna cable goes along the left side of the screen from bottom to just around the top left corner.
3. Notice the cloth covered cable on the left side that ends with a white plastic plug set. Mine was "secured" by a small piece of yellowish scotch tape.
4. Gently unplug the connection, I used my fingernails ever so slowly to get it apart, then reconnect together. This 'scrapes' the contacts clean a bit.
5. Get out your favorite hot glue glue gun and heat it up. Then I just hotglued the cable to the cover inside surface for about a half inch distance backward from the white plug. I secured not only the cable but also a bit on the connector itself as well.
6. Now when I open and close the lid, the cable end is fully secured but the cable is still free to twist as required.
7. Restart the computer and check your screen by carefully moving the cover...the screen should not flicker any more.
8. Reinstall the monitor frame and 4 screws and plugs.
9. Enjoy a normal monitor.
10. I did not want to buy anything, and I figured I had nothing to loose by trying this. So far it has worked for me.

Posted on Jul 24, 2010

  • roro622 Aug 31, 2010

    I too have a 16 month old Toshiba doing the same green screen stuff. If I do this, will it stop the heated monitor at the lower part of the screen?

    I currently added a desk fan to blow on it in addtiion to my cooling pad.

    UGH, I don't know if I will buy another Toshiba....

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You may of course have a dying screen. I hope not! However it may be that the driver that runs it is corrupted. many video drivers get accidentally corrupted.You really need to post the windows OS for this.
If you have restore discs you can run one of them to reinstall the video driver. Put the disc in and let the computer boot off it.
Depending what sort of disc you have (an original OS disc or a 'setup' one provided by Toshiba,) you can reinstall the driver if you can see the screen..
Control panel > device manager (that's what you need to reach in any version of windows) Display adaptor. Right click that and select properties. select the driver tab. select uninstall and then restart the puter. It should find the driver and reinstall it automatically.

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