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\015 Hi all,\015\012\015\012I had tried searching all previous post and can't find a similiar problem that I face. Can anyone help? Thanks a lot.\015\012\015\012I am using Toshiba Sattelite 1410 series, using Windows XP Home Edition. I had tried reformat but that didn't solve the problem. Below explain the situation of the problem:\015\012\015\012After I switch on my laptop, it succesful load on the normal window screen. No problem in viewing the screen from till the window XP desktop screen load.\015\012\015\012This is where the problem start, the time of the screen goes blank vary (nothing to do with standby or power save setting as I change all the setting so that the screen is on all the time, also no screen saver) - most of the time within few minute the screen just goes blank. The strangest thing is occasionly I can view the screen without any problem for hours (rare) after I start up.\015\012\015\012When I plug in an external monitor, it has no problem for the display on the external monitor.\015\012\015\012There is another strangest thing to which I don't understand the most, whether I continue to use my external monitor to work or I just leave the laptop screen goes blank for a while, let say 15 minutes (again time vary), I then press fn + f5 to switch between screen mode. Poof the display come back on the laptop screen, however this may or may not stay on for long, it can switch back to blank again in few minutes.\015\012\015\012It is much appreciated if someone can help to solve the mystery for me. \015\012\015\012Thanks!!!\015

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The same thing began to occur on my (old as the hills) Dell Inspiron 2650 about 2 months ago. I have tried updating the BIOS to the newest Dell has for this laptop but it didn't help. I also tried to update the video drivers (no help), regressing to the original video drivers for this laptop (no help) and tweaking the BIOS, power and other settings. It reeks of a driver issue because it always displays the splash screen during POST and always shows the splash screen for Windows XP for about 5 -10 seconds before just...going very, very dim. External monitors work find but even with the NVIDIA 'clone' option for video, a working LCD is hit or miss - mostly miss - and it never succeeds or fails constently. When it does work, it will work for days or until I mess with resolution, etc. (anything that requires Windows to reset video).
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\015\012Windows doesn't show a specific LCD driver on my laptop - just 'default monitor' so I don't know if that is the issue or not but there is no driver for the LCD from Dell. I am almost wondering if a Windows patch causes this but the timetable is off since some people have seen this as far back as Jan 2008 and I patch monthly yet my issues began around May-June. One option I might try is to move from SP2 to SP3 and see if something (anything) gets updated enough to make it work. If not, I am pretty much at the end of my options for video drivers/BIOS settings tweaks and might have to mess with the Reg Cleaner mentioned by SLM421. It is interesting to note SLM421 has a Toshiba, I have an old Dell and I have seen posts on this matter from an HP owner and a Gateway owner which seems to lend some support to it possibly being a possible Windows patch issue. I am sure we all have different video adapters and different LCD monitors (of varying resolutions).
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\015\012I agree with SLM421 that this doesn't appear to be hardware related. A simple test for this would be to get a LiveCD and boot from it a dozen times or more. If you get the GUI every time, it is very unlikely a hardware issue. This is something I am tempted to try.
I did some searching on the internet, researched the problem in several places.. I tried several things, I used F2 at startup, to go in to the BIOS, went to Advance or Advanced, then moved from disable to enable, the Execute Disable Bit option, then erased my hard drive and reinstalled software, then made sure the BIOS setting was still set, Enable, Execute Disable Bit. Then I tried Ctrl + W, everytime my screen blinked, the person wrote it refreshes the graphics and clears the screen, then my Antivirus + Firewall suggested I do something about my LSP Error and to restart my computer. Been two days now and no problem. May or may not help you it helped me.
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