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Thinkpad 701CS screen problem

#1 Post by Xundi » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:16 pm

Hello!

Some time ago I have successfully acquired an incomplete 701CS from a local marketplace for a relatively cheap price. :mrgreen:
It had no hdd, hdd caddy, battery, faulty charger, oxidation on top and bottom boards and untouched leaking cmos battery. But I tought I need to start somewhere.
At that time I only had time to quickly disassemble it and replace the cmos battery plus a bit of oxidation removing activity, but without any place and way to test the machine actual state.

Now when I have finally found (a lot of) time to reassemble at last, stuck at a peculiar problem.
On powering on the laptop, the screen only displays a bluish-greenish inhomogeneous thing.
As it seems, it is actually displays the correct things without any contrast. It can only be seen from a couple of centimeters.
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Please, anybody have an idea about this issue? :cry: I tried to reseat the lcd ribbon cable, but no change.
I have a faint suspicion of the inverter card, but without a spare one, I would like to be more certain about it before trying to buy a spare part.

Thanks in advance,

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Re: Thinkpad 701CS screen problem

#2 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:31 pm

You can use the Fn+Home and Fn+End to adjust the contrast(might be PgUp and PgDn, its the icon that is a circle, half white and half black.) The blueish green pattern on the screen is part of the old DSTN technology. They get burn-in and there is nothing you can do about it. All of those screen have it if they are used.
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Re: Thinkpad 701CS screen problem

#3 Post by Xundi » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:54 pm

Thinkpad4by3 wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:31 pm
You can use the Fn+Home and Fn+End to adjust the contrast(might be PgUp and PgDn, its the icon that is a circle, half white and half black.) The blueish green pattern on the screen is part of the old DSTN technology. They get burn-in and there is nothing you can do about it. All of those screen have it if they are used.
I'm pretty sure that I have already tried this trick.
But I will definitely try it again after reassembling. :thumbs-UP:
Thanks for the tip!

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Re: Thinkpad 701CS screen problem

#4 Post by Xundi » Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:12 pm

Finally, I had time to investigate this issue and re-assembly the whole machine again from scratch.
The culprit is the lcd "ribbon" cable. :(
With the keyboard bezel is on and pinching the rolled up ribbon cable from both side, the screen is working in some position.
Anybody have an idea how can I repair that, or how to get a replacement part for that?

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Re: Thinkpad 701CS screen problem

#5 Post by RealBlackStuff » Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:19 pm

Replacement LCD cable 04H8329 here: https://www.impactcomputers.com/ibm-par ... h8329.html
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Re: Thinkpad 701CS screen problem

#6 Post by Xundi » Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:09 pm

RealBlackStuff wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:19 pm
Replacement LCD cable 04H8329 here: https://www.impactcomputers.com/ibm-par ... h8329.html
Thank you so much for the help!
The shipping fees are a bit too much here for posting it to central europe, but at least I have hope to find the cable part in a webshop. :D

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Re: Thinkpad 701CS screen problem

#7 Post by TheForgottenKing » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:07 am

Might want to try contacting this guy and asking to buy a cable.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-Thinkpad-7 ... 3921849372

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Re: Thinkpad 701CS screen problem

#8 Post by Xundi » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:58 am

TheForgottenKing wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:07 am
Might want to try contacting this guy and asking to buy a cable.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-Thinkpad-7 ... 3921849372
It is indeed a marvelous pack, but sadly he does not ships outside of the US (or at least the ebay telling this).
I will try to contact him nevertheless, thanks for the tip!

Edit:
Wow, I'm not even able to contact him with my account. :eek:
https://imgur.com/a/5RI3xl5

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Re: Thinkpad 701CS screen problem

#9 Post by TheForgottenKing » Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:44 pm

Sent him a message for you. I might have one. Can you send a pic of your cable? Also try asking forum member hwattys

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