My W520 (WUXGA 1920x1080) display seems to get darker and darker. Do I need to get a new inverter (hardly know what that is), a new panel or what? Any ideas/tips welcome. Cheers
My assumption would be that the backlight in the screen panel is getting dimmer and dimmer.
So to fix the issue would mean to replace the screen panel.
Now I understand there is basically one model of 1920*1080 panels suitable for W520/W530. It would also fit T520/T530.
And the sad truth is that they're hard to get.
I think only used ones are floating on ebay - and can you be sure they're really better than yours?..
The exact model name floated somewhere.. you'll need to search a little.. don't have it handy..
If you somehow got a new one it would be expensive.
So I'm a bit unsure what to advise. How bad is your panel? I think it's reasonable to say - okay these screens are not bright enough for proper outdoor use, especially in summer sunlight, let us confine them to indoors..
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You can use certain hardware info software to identify the installed LCD. I think AIDA64 can do it, though I haven't tested recently as I usually run Linux on my computers.
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Certainly but W520/W530 are a special case - there is basically one FRU/model to look for if you want 1920x1080
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Hmm, I wonder if I am not better off just getting a new (used) W520 then. Seems complicated - and expensive, to get a new display. How I wish Lenovo still made something as good as the W520 (+16:10 aspect ratio).
He he, it's also a question of time. I'm regarding myself reasonably technically competent but I'm repeatedly failing to find time to use all the parts I purchased for upgrading my Thinkpads
No experience trying to purchase such a panel. No idea how good/bad the cheaper options on ebay are.
I suppose you could also look for W530 too, who knows what surfaces on ebay. Again I don't know if the screen you're going to get will be better than the one you have but might be the only option if you like me keep failing to find time...
He he. My sticking point is the keyboard. I'm stubbornly refusing to use any machine not taking W520/T520/X220 keyboard So W530 is okay but T440p is not for me. And I want my Thinkpads to have a strong body, I don't trust modern thin designs. T520/W520 is about the right thickness for me, and X220 is how light/thin I want the smaller machines to be. T440p would have been fine too if it wasn't for the keyboard. And it can take modern screen panels.. I'm also a believer in external batteries, with proper 18650 cells in them. Thin LiPo batts in my view are better suited for mobile phones!
16:9 - one can learn to live with it..
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