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Laptop monitor goes black

I have a Toshiba Satellite A100, which is approximately 2 years old. The monitor recently started turning black at random intervals, and I have to reboot to get the monitor back. I have used the Toshiba repair disk to bring the laptop back to factory "out of box" settings. The problem persists.

Note: When running the repair disk, the monitor never goes black. The monitor only goes black after Windows boots-up fully, goes past the splash screen, and the desktop display shows. Sometimes it goes black within seconds, other times it's random.

Also, I don't think it is a back light issue, only because the monitor does fade... it just seems to turn off in a flash.

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  • townell Aug 25, 2008

    Sorry, that's does *not* fade.

  • townell Sep 29, 2008

    The battery was reinstalled and the bios updated. It seems to have fixed the problem. However, the computer no longer hibernates properly... keeps on waking up. I can live with that. :-)

  • darren lovell Nov 17, 2008

    i have the same problem, my toshiba is less then a year old with no problems untill recently, i found that while useing my laptop it the display would suddenly go blank without any obviouse reason i.e battery and power lead are working fine. any ideas!

  • cdyer14 Nov 27, 2008

    my A100 turns on and every thing but the screen just doesnt turn on with the rest of the computer can any one help
    please email me on (


  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    the computer screen goes black randomly when I am using it



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If you're working on the computer when that happens, it's not probably a power setting. Try to update your BIOS to the most current version at the toshiba support website ( & see what happens. Fixes the issue most of the time

I hope this helps.

Posted on Sep 28, 2008


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