Having problems with your IBM ThinkPad T41 Notebook ?

IBM thinkpad T41 video problem

\015 Hello, I saw a recent post where you talked about t41's having loose video chips... My screen has randomly been going blank... mostly when being moved... but the test (pressing down on the machine to try to get the chip back in there) hasn't worked... so this is inconclusive. Any other way for me to test whether or not that is the problem I'm having?Thanks a great deal\015

Answers :

Yeah, the pushing down thing is a diagnostic that is not totally diffinative, in itself. Another trick is to hold the laptop down and firmly flex the left front corner of the keyboard straight up. If the display comes back, or tries to come back, then you probably have a chip with loose solder connections. Geekman gave you some good advice and you should look into what he suggested, as that is certainly a possibility.
Try those things and get back to me.
Have a superday!
Ron

Connect your laptop to an external monitor, you will need to press the Fn + one of the Function keys that control switching the video to the external video port and the LCD screen.
\015\012If the video on the external monitor is perfect then the video chip is OK and the fault is either a faulty LCD or LCD connectors on the motherboard is not making proper electrical contact. You can pull apart the laptop and reseat these connectors, there are usually two connectors.
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