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Back to the Pentium-2 - Elf M. Sternberg
Back to the Pentium-2
Well, frack. There goes another one. The T23 exhibits the same symptoms under Windows as it does under Linux. I put in its old hard drive and tried to run it, and I still get the same intermittent screen failures and other screen artifacts that I was getting under Linux, so it's not the drivers. It died the first time when I first got it, but this is just annoying; it fell out of its warranty a few weeks ago (it was only 90 days). Now what do I do?

It's not like I'm cruel to my laptops. I keep them in a padded sleeve in my briefcase and yeah, I tend to run the software hard, but I'm not like, viciously cruel to them or anything. I don't drop them. This is really making me annoyed.

I've re-initialized the 600e. At least it hasn't failed me, although I have to replace the keyboard soon. The space bar is being held up by a pair of springs I cut out of an old click pen. But it's too slow to play movies or run some of my Japanese translation exercise programs. And it has one-quarter the memory of the T23, meaning I can't run more than one Mozilla product at once: Thunderbird or Firefox or Liferea. I'm getting good at restoring to the T23.

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lionman From: lionman Date: May 4th, 2006 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Some of the ThinkPads have an issue with the data cable that connects in the back of the LCD will sometime come lose over time with the opening and closing of the laptop. To fix the issue, you have to remove the LCD, take the plastic covers apart, reseat the cable, then place a short bit of tape across the connector.
elfs From: elfs Date: May 4th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't think it's the monitor. I'm not sure what it is. I've been running Windows NT on it for about three hours now and, while it's shown a few of the "white out" symptoms it seems to recover and it isn't locking up horribly the way it did under Linux. And when the monitor locks up, if I hook up an external monitor and switch to VGA mode, it also works fine.

Nobody else seems to have this problem; I can't find any documented cause for it. It's really annoying.
lionman From: lionman Date: May 4th, 2006 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)
The "white out" symptom is the dead-giveaway for the cable issue.
elfs From: elfs Date: May 4th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Huh. Maybe you're right. I've noticed other things, though, like the fact that it runs much hotter under Linux than NT (then again, this just may reflect the fact that I do things with Linux, whereas all Windows OS's have always been so fragile to me that I play 1 game, or run 1 office product, and don't really max out the CPU. That and I'm not familiar enough with Windows to do much with it anyway). It recovers (temporarily) from a power down and reboot, but not from a suspend-to-memory.

Y'think the heat might be causing the wiring to freak?

The other possibility is the inverter. If it is, I'm hosered.
lionman From: lionman Date: May 4th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I'd check the cabling issue. Besides, if the cable is in a boarderline position, the added heat can cause expansion that may result in wonky behavior. Redoing the cable is free, and not overly hard to do, just be careful taking the plastics apart and when dealing with the cable and connectors themselves. They're moderately delicate, but not overly so.

Taking the plastics apart on even TP's always makes my teeth itch, because you're not always sure when it's going to pop apart like it's supposed to, or when you might break the plastics. Try to find a plastic/nylon flathead-like edge to spread the plastic parts, that way you won't mark them up like you will with a metal flathead.

The inverter isn't that hard to replace either, and IBM separated it from the system board because it was more likely to act up than the rest of the system board and it became easier and cheaper to replace.
arghhh From: arghhh Date: May 4th, 2006 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I happen to have a spare lcd from a dell you can play with. It's a samsung LTN141X8-L02 14.1 inch XGA. Not sure what size screen you have now or if it is compatable but it works and was pretty bright before the laptop died. Maybe you can rig something up.
velvet_wood From: velvet_wood Date: May 4th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Laptop insurance. Can't beat laptop insurance. Warranties always suck.
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