Having problems with your IBM ThinkPad R51 Notebook ?

Laptop boots up but screen won't stay on

\015 I have a Lenovo R51 laptop that we purchased refurbished about 2 months ago. It runs fine except for 1 MAJOR problem, everything I open the laptop and boot it up The screen image was flash on then off and will stay off.We have found if we push the little tab (the one that gets depressed when you shut the laptop) the image was show up, that go off.... After pressing and releasing the tab MANY time we can FINELY get the image to come up on the screen and we can use the laptop without problem. We just have to make sure that neither of us close the screen down, or that one of the cats walk across the keyboard.Is there a way to disengage this tab so that I can close the lid and not have to spend 45 mins. each time trying to get the screen to "come up"? ??Thanks SO Much!!WillowI will be having Surgery soon and want \015

Answers :

That tiny pin is actually the suspend switch. It basically puts the computer on sleep or hibernate or stanby. More-likely the spring or the plastic is broken underneath it. like most laptops you can remove the whole panel on the bas of the lcd screen where the suspend switch sit, the bezel has a small flat hole on one of the sides of it, you will have to slightly pry it up from one side going to the other, once you have removed the bezel you can check if you can remove the pin, thus if you removed the pin the only disadvantage of that is your computer won't go to standby when you closed down the lid, instead you'll have to do that using the start button, but is you're not going to travel with the laptop it would be the risk i would take. i hope that helps. hit me back on the results.
There are multiple actual problems you may have. It is most likely not the tab itself, but the chip that controls it. It could also be a lose cable between the LCD and the motherboard. Your best bet is to take it to a professional and have them work on it. Just let them know that you are going into surgery soon and need it fast, and they will most likely help you out. Do not take it to any major companies, but find a nice small privately owned computer shop. And be sure to be very nice about it- if you come across as rude, they won't feel like doing you any favors and speeding things up. Trust me- I work there.
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