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IBM T30 won't boot with LCD, but will boot OK with external eonitor

Water got spilled on the laptop, IBM T30. Dried and cleaned it. Now after pressing a power button it will work for 5 seconds and after that will shut itself off only when in LCD mode. If I switch it to external monitor mode it boots up fine. (Since it is not enough time to engage the external monitor with Fn+F7, I switch it with a lid close switch). Could you please give me a suggestion on what it might be? Thanks in advance!

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  • ibmt30 Aug 10, 2008

    Thank you very much for a promp reply! ThePC will not boot in LCD mode even if the ribon is not attached, so it is most likely the oxidation. Thanks! Could you please post the circuit cleaning solution brand or name you would use to do the job. Thanks!

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It means computer developed oxide on some contact, and this is causing a short that forces unit to shut down, laptop must be taken apart, dried properly, and eventually cleaned with circuit cleaning solution.
If problem stops when you turn to external display, then probably it is water or oxide in LCD ribbon cable connectors.

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