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Intermittent screen error on IBM laptop


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jay9

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Hello peeps

I have an IBM Thinkpad T20 laptop that recently started an intermittent (quite often) problem whereby the screen is so dark it is virtually unreadable.

Trying to change the brilliance/lighting functions has no impact.

Moving the screen angle back and forth in various angles sometimes works, other times nothing works and I just have to turn it off.

Although it's an old clunker it's in good condition and does what I need it for (remote working on Excel, email, Word) and enables us to take the laptop to the in-laws to show them holiday pics etc.

I'd have to spend $$ to get a replacement so spending $$ on a part is just as easy cos then I don't have to worry about getting files off it.

Is this problem fixable (new part/screen) or being a laptop is the only resolution to use an external monitor?
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If you have an external monitor that you can borrow, for a few minutes then I would try connecting your laptop to the external monitor to see if the problem persists. (this is also assuming that your "old clunker" has a VGA port for an external monitor). I have a feeling though that the screen is to blame and it may just be easier (albeit not cheaper) to get a new laptop. To be honest with you I dont know off hand the going rate for a laptop monitor repair, so you might want to check around to see if you can get a good price for the monitor repair.

Anyways, if the external monitor works then you can go ahead and find a reapir/replacement, but if it doesn't work then the problem will probably lie within the computer itself, or more likely, a setting withing the monitor or display properties.

--Chris
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If you have an external monitor that you can borrow, for a few minutes then I would try connecting your laptop to the external monitor to see if the problem persists. (this is also assuming that your "old clunker" has a VGA port for an external monitor). 



Thanks Chris
I hadn't thought of actually checking it would work with the external monitor, I just assumed it would :tazz:

I'll check it does work and then hunt out some prices

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happy hunting! Let me know how it all turns out.

--Chris
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