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Vertical Line on Monitor - Bad LCD Panel?


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#1 Jimzhr

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 07:32 PM

I have a Toshiba satellite P105-6114 laptop with 17" monitor. Recently the monitor displays a very thin vertical line running from top to bottom of the screen. The line is light purple and is about 1/32" wide. I have been told that "a vertical line usually means that the LCD panel is defective and usually more expensive to replace than to buy a new laptop". I understand the concept of "usuall cheaper to replace than to repair". What I am really wanting to know is: Is my screen just going to go out SUDDENLY and with no further warning than this "line"? Or will the line just get larger? In other words, do I need to buy something now so I don't get caught flatfooted when the monitor quits, Any ideas here greatly appreciated.

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 09:04 PM

I don't know how much of an early warning system this is.. But try connecting an external monitor to you parallel display port at the back of laptop. If you still see the line it may be your video card or motherboard and not the display. obviously if you do not see the line then it's your LCD display.
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Posted 25 July 2009 - 05:54 PM

I have a Dell desktop computer and monitor alongside the laptop. There is a 2nd monitor cable on the Dell monitor which has never been in use. The plug on this cable fits into the back of the laptop so I just plugged it in. This causes the Dell monitor to go into "sleep mode". When I unplug from the laptop the monitor then works fine on the desktop machine. So, my question is......how do I get this remote monitor to work with the laptop and override the laptop monitor?

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 06:28 PM

Well I got the remote monitor to display the laptop wallpaper.....very poorly though. I cannot seem to make the monitor display anything from the laptop except the wallpaper and I can't improve that image using display settings. Any ideas? Thanks!




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