Thinkpad problems - monitor

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    Thinkpad problems - monitor

    My two year old Thinkpad T43p (XP Home) started having monitor problems. After five to ten minutes following a reboot, the screen goes black, or nearly black. I can see the ghost image of the open windows and desktop barely, and I can interact with them, so I know the system is up.

    After a reboot, everything is OK for five to ten minutes, when it happens again. If it was hardware, would it always be "fixed" by a reboot?
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    Maybe it's power management turning off the backlight? Could be some sort of virus...

    But it does sound like the backlight is being turned off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zacs7 View Post
    Maybe it's power management turning off the backlight? Could be some sort of virus...

    But it does sound like the backlight is being turned off.
    I'm running a full system scan now. If that turns up nothing, I'll restart and look at the power mgmt.

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    Hmmm...I was able to toggle the display back on with Fn->F3. Looked at the power mgmt settings and nothing appears to have changed.

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    After some googling, found that it's likely the LCD inverter. I opened my machine to get the model # and ordered a new one. Sounds like a common problem.
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