Screen not working but works on TV

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  1. bobfacemoo
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    So my laptop has had a lot of problems in the past and all have been resolved, but now there is a new problem. When I switch the laptop on, the screen is so dark that it's basically black, so the screen works but not really because it goes fully black after the BIOS screen, yet it will display perfectly if I hook it up to my TV as a monitor instead of the actual laptop screen. We thought it was a loose cable but we're not too sure on that now as we have taken it apart (at least, the screen part) and everything seems to be in place fine.

    The laptop is a Lenovo Thinkpad X201 series model.

    Please help?
     
  2. ScarletDreamz

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    this might be a driver issues, check that you have your driver settings correctly.
     
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    How long have you had it? Is there any way to hook it up to a TV, go into safe mode then try to diagnose it from there? Safe mode with networking should work, get the drivers for the GPU and then try to reinstall them?
     
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    The fuse for your screen's backlight probably blew, I see this is a relatively common problem with your laptop series after a quick 30 second google search.

    You'll need to open it, locate the fuse and replace it.

    EDIT: See this image, see if the fuse here looks bad:
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    I've had it only since september. All the drivers are fine since they WERE working and as far as I know nothing has changed. As for the fuse, where is it located? We can't find it anywhere (just looked)
     
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    See edit above. You'll need to solder a new fuse if it is blown
     
  7. bobfacemoo
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    Well we got nobody capable of soldering so... guess it is taking it to the store and paying extortionate prices.. or just a new laptop >.>
     
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    Make sure it's the fuse before sending it out, cuz chances are those places will just say "oh the motherboard is the problem pay us $500 to replace it" or dumb shit like that. You could probably find someone on craigslist or something that'd be more than willing to solder a new fuse for a couple bucks.