Having problems with your IBM ThinkPad T41 Notebook ?

My IBM T41 thinkpad monitors goes.

\015 My thinkpad monitor is going out. When the laptop is moved of if the left corner is hit, or has a little pressure is put on it the screen will go out , or the screen will start having lines in it. Also the cursor will have a box around it and it will move where ever the cursor goes. I hooked the lap top to another monitor and the other monitor done the samething.\015

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I have the exact same laptop and issue with the screen going out or locking up (w/the lines as you described). Here's the bad news... this started happening to mine a few weeks ago and I had a few different people weigh-in on the situation (locally) including one person who examined the inside. Unfortunately (unless you can find an obvious loose connection/wire) it IS likely to be a video card gone bad, and (what's worse is) the video card on the T41 is integrated with the motherboard. Replacement cost (1000+) is, therefore, probably more than the laptop is worth. The other bad news is that it will get progressively worse, so (while you may be able to tolerate it for a while) you'll need to get all of your files off it as soon as possible. Mine will still turn on every once in a while, but is definitely no longer reliable.
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\015\012Unlikely, but I wonder if this issue is well-documented enough (as a "defect") that IBM would consider a recall.
Sounds like you your video card might be loose or have a bad connection try this power down take the battery out remove the video card and reinstall it but be careful i would not recommend doing it on carpet or anything that can cause static. and if that dont fix it video card might be bad
bob
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