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IBM,lenovo ThinkPad R31

I orderd a IBM,lenovo ThinkPad R31 off ebay, the seller said the unit powers on and the fan runs. But it does not display anything on the screen. I ask him if he tested it on a external Screen but didn't respond yet. And no I haven't gotten it in yet to test it my self. What maybe the problem with the LCD Screen? I'm guessing it maybe the Inverter or the LCD Ribbon. If it is the Ribbon, Would a T40 Series Ribbon work on a R31 since I have a T40 Ribbon laying around.
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Maintenance manuals for both systems are on www.lenovo.com/support, under the publications section. But without looking at it, I would say no, the cables will not work.

Posted on Jun 09, 2008

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