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Toshiba Laptop - PARTIAL blank screen


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cliffdodge

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I have a Toshiba Satellite, 17 in screen, Windows XP, 1gb memory

Recently, the screen went partially blank. If you divide the screen's width into 6 sections, the far left works, the next 2 do not (black area) and the right 3 work. I can make the windows smaller and work on the right side.

I've hooked to an external monitor with no issues at all. Took the laptop apart and disconnected then reconnected the ribbon cable at both ends. Same thing. This morning the black bars turned to blue and then back to black.

I am not new to tearing a computer down, but am new to working with laptops. Any advice?

Thanks
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rshaffer61

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I just answered another topic with a laptop and a blank screen.
I will advise you the same. It sounds like your LCD is shorting out or is failing.
Take it to a shop and ask them to give you a estimate on the repair.
In most cases you will find the cost is going to be high and that buying a new laptop would be more cost effective in the long run.
Please let us know what you find out from the shop.
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I will take your advice and thanks!

Please keep in mind, my post is different in that the screen actually displays something. I just have two bands where the window doesn't display. The bands will change colors or flicker a bit, whereas other posts report a completely blank screen.

I will have someone look at it and most likely order a replacement LCD which I'll install.

Thanks!
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A easy way to check is to connect an external monitor and see if the problme happens on it. If not then it's your LCD.

This will save you a trip to the shop also as you will already have the answer. Most likely it will be the same way they will test it also.
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Rshaffer, you missed (and we all do)

I've hooked to an external monitor with no issues at all

which means the LCD is shot.

Since you did not give us a model (which did not matter for a screen issue), I can't get you any closer to a manual for you that this link. Toshiba Product Service Manuals
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123Runner you are correct, I did miss that.
Thank you for pointing that out and at this point I have to agree with you that the LCD is shot. :)
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