Having problems with your IBM ThinkPad T41 Notebook ?

IBM Thinkpad screen flickers

\015 I am sometimes workin on my laptop (which i love dearly!!). Then suddenly on random occasions the screen starts flickering. Its really annoying! Then as a result of the flickering, the screen locks up and nothing works. Usually, when the laptop is moved, the screen goes blank, and the laptop has to be kept in one place for it to work - which is fundamentally not the idea of a laptop! i really need it fixed, because i have a lot of coursework on there and i need to use it for my school work\015

Answers :

Good afternoon!
From what you've described, I'd suspect that the video chip is starting to separate from the mother board. This is not an uncommon happening with the T41s. In fact, I have personally had it happen to me. So much for the sad story, but what do we do about it?

First, we do some diagnostics to verify that this is the problem. The next time this happens, try pressing down on the following location of the keyboard area. Place two fingers of your left hand on the keyboard cover, just below the left end of the space bar and and to the left of the red and blue mouse buttons. Firmly press down and see if it will start working again. If that doesn't work, try placing the thumb of your left hand in the area that you placed your fingers. With the fingers of your left hand, reach around and firmly lift the lower left hand corner of the laptop a little bit (maybe 1/8 to 1/4 inch). This will flex the motherboard and can cause the video chip to properly contact the motherboard.

If this works, you have pretty much verified that this is the problem. Also, if this seems to work, get back to me for a possible short term fix and what needs to be done to fix it permanently.

One other word of advice, if you haven't done it yet. Back up everything that you need to save, just in case.

Will be waiting to hear from you and have yourself a super day!
Ron-
One word of advice when taking apart your PC, and expecially when\015\012soldering, is to ground yourself to remove any static\015\012electricity. It is best to use a grounded wriststrap,\015\012but touching a metal object that is grounded after you sit where you\015\012are working would help... put the power strip on your desk, and touch\015\012it's metal just before working on your PC.
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