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Joar
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Registered: ‎02-20-2014
Location: Stavanger - Norway
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W540 - displays are flickering off and on randomly

I just got me a W540 with docking. It is connected with two Samsung 24inc screens. They are connected with two display ports kables from the docking. I also have a wireless logitech mouse and keybord. And a Jabra headset connected.

I have reinstalled it with windows 8.1 And now I have a serious issue that both screens turns off randomly while I work. They go black for 15 sec. And then re-appear. It seems like the computer looses all USB connection also while this happens. I sometime get an error msg. saying that I connected a USB device that cant be recognized. But most of the time nothing happens.

All 3 of us at work who has a W540 has this issue. So it must be known by Lenovo. I have an ongoing case with the support. But dosnt look like we are getting anywhere. They gave me this to try: https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/T400-T500-and-newer-T-series/T540p-T440p-T440s-X240-Solution-for-flicke...

And it looked very much like my issue. But it didnt help any of us.

 

We think it could be a driver issue with the USB or that the computer is swiching between the Intel and the Nvidia gfx card.

I think I have tried about everything, but can not figgure this one out. I have all the latest drivers from Lenovo installed. Tried to use a wired mouse and keyb. no change, tried with a DVI and Displayport to the screen. No change.

 

Here is a link to Lenovos System report on my W540

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/38244204/Fullreport.html

 

Can someone please help me figure this one out?

Best regards

Joar Guttormsen
Joar
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Re: W540 - displays are flickering off and on randomly

Have taken the laptop out of the docking. Connected one of the monitors to the laptop with a VGA cable direcly. And useing the screen on the laptop as a secound screen. It is a terrible setup. Connected the LAN cable, and wireless mouse and keyb. No flickering of the screens now. Does that show me that there is something wrong with the docking?

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Joar Guttormsen
zalbard
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Re: W540 - displays are flickering off and on randomly

Did you update the dock's firmware correctly? Powered the dock off afterwards, etc? I had the same problem, flashing the firmware solved it.
Joar
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Re: W540 - displays are flickering off and on randomly

Yes I did. I was very carefull to do it correct. But did not help. And if I try to update it now, it says I have the latest firmware. My colleges tried to update the firmware too. Did not help them either.

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Joar Guttormsen
dvl6
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Re: W540 - displays are flickering off and on randomly

I run multiple monitors including Samsung 24 inch, Wacom Cintiq, Wacom tablet and multiple mice at any time when connected to either of my two docking stations. I have had exactly the same problem when using the 135w power supply. However, the problems disappear with the 170W power supply

Joar
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Re: W540 - displays are flickering off and on randomly

VERY interesting, have now changed powersupply. And testing as we speak.

What are lenovo thinking? Sending a low powered supply with the docking and a high powered supply with the computer? Should have been the oposite. Thanks for your tip!

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Joar Guttormsen
Joar
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Message 7 of 13

Re: W540 - displays are flickering off and on randomly

Fantastic!! Have been running for almost an hour without any blackouts! Have shared with my colleagues, this is fantastic news. Thank you so much dvl6! Have uses so many hours troubleshooting this.
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Joar Guttormsen
zalbard
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Re: W540 - displays are flickering off and on randomly

I wonder if that is another bug in dock's firmware. Could be also responsible for throttling that I am experiencing...

Joar
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Re: W540 - displays are flickering off and on randomly

Im sure, it was too little juice in the powersupply that followed with the docking station. I tried to take the laptop out of the docking station and just connect all the devices directly in the laptop. Bought a minidisplayport to DVI converter so I could use two screens. (One on VGA = (Horrible) and one on DVI) I still used the PSU from the docking. The laptop then dimmed the screen at random times on the laptop, telling me there was a problem with the powersupply, and was going into flight-mode or something. So it was obvious that it had to little power even without the docking. But still, I did not think about the solution that came out in this post. I didn’t know that there where different effect on the PSU's. It solved my problem changing PSU. Never had a blackout since.

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Joar Guttormsen
z1ts
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Re: W540 - displays are flickering off and on randomly

Well, well, well!!!

 

This could be the solution to my problem here then!!

 

Once I get my hands on the PSU supplied with the laptop and verify it definitely is a 170w then I'll be swapping them out.

 

Lenovo really should buck up their game and send the correct PSU with the Docking Stations!

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