04-08-2011 11:08 AM
I have an A30 (2652-1AU) that I've had for awhile. Recently, the display has been showing issues, but only when in the DOS or pre-Windows mode. There are vertical lines of various colors on the boot splash screen, and instead of text characters for the usual boot/memory test messages there are only flickering unreadable characters. Once Windows is loaded, the display is just fine. If I exit to DOS, I get the garbage characters again. If I connect the A30 to an external monitor, I see the same garbage characters during boot-up. This is an issue for me since I'd like to upgrade the small HDD and the OS, which is going to require some operations outside of Windows, but I can't read what's displayed on the screen once I get outside of Windows.
I've replaced the inverter, but that did not see to help. I've also replaced the whole lid/LCD from another similar A30, and even that did not seem to help. So, I have concluded it's an issue with the graphics chip that is permanently embedded on the motherboard. And it appears it's time to move on to another Thinkpad.
This being a fountain of Thinkpad knowledge, I was just hoping that someone could confirm that my A30 is pretty much toast. Or point out something else that I might try.
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04-08-2011 11:33 AM - edited 04-08-2011 11:34 AM
Welcome to the forum!
Your A30 has succumbed to VRAM corruption - a failure which is very common on these machines. The only cure is a replecement motherboard.