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A31 display is reddish when screen turns on

Discussion in 'IBM Thinkpad' started by Paul Fielding, Sep 21, 2004.

  1. I noticed this at almost exactly the same time I updated the bios on the
    laptop, so I suspect it's related, but it could have been a coincidence.

    Basically, when I turn on the laptop, or the display shuts off for
    powersaving, when the display turns on it has a red hue for a short period
    of time, and slowly returns to normal. My main concern is that over time it
    appears to be taking longer for the red hue to go away, and I'm concerned
    for the longevity of the display. If the display is actually just biting
    it, then it might be viable to replace the display (I'm out of warranty).
    But I don't want to spend money to replace the display if the root problem
    is a bios issue or some other such thing that will simply cause a new
    display to barf.

    Anyone have any ideas?

    Paul Fielding, Sep 21, 2004
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  2. Paul Fielding

    JHEM Guest

    It was a coincidence. Your backlight is packing up to go home to it's maker.

    If you have a modicum of repair skill, you can change the backlight. But
    it's easier, albeit MUCH more expensive, to just swap in a new display.



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    JHEM, Sep 21, 2004
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  3. I had that happen to my old Sony laptop. Turned out that the ribbon
    connector from the CPU to the flip screen was loosing a conductor
    (jillions of then in the ribbon). Bought a ribbon for $130, and
    semi-destroyed the plastic case to get it in. Worked OK for a year or
    more after. Sony eventually died of other causes.... screen was always
    fine afterwards.
    Skill needed to replace ribbon cable is considerable.

    Angelo Campanella
    Angelo Campanella, Sep 22, 2004
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