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I have a ThinkPad T61 and the color display used to be fine, but now when I start the computer it starts out with color, but then within a few minutes the display becomes only black and white. There's nothing wrong with the brightness or image - it's just B&W.

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Hi There,

I'd recommend a simple troubleshooting step that can get you some pretty important information. Whether on one you own, or a friend's, connect your laptop to an external monitor and see if the exact problem is duplicated on the external monitor. If it is, then your video chip on the motherboard is in the process of failing.

If, however, it displays fine with color like it normally would, you've diagnosed your laptop as having one of several problems:

1. The Screen Inverter is failing (small display controlling curcuit bar just behind the bottom of the laptop screen frame).
2. The LCD Cable has worked its way partially loose behind the LCD panel, at the Inverter or at its plugin spot on the motherboard
3. The LCD panel itself has failed to the degree that the catalyst liquid is not receiving the color activating charge correctly or at all.

Armed with this information, you can then make contact with either a laptop Motherboard Repair service on eBay and get the video chip replaced for around $100, or, you can contact a local laptop repair guy (like me in my area) about the other possibilities. Make sure that you negotiate that there will be NO Charge to diagnose the exact problem. Any laptop guy worth his "salt" will have several different diagnostic CDs which will tell him the problem without even having to take out one screw.

Take Care

Posted on Jul 15, 2010


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