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04-02-2009

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Re: T60 - Screen flickers and screen shutoff - problem with power management or hardware failure?

2009-05-19, 17:17 PM
When trying to install the old Intel Graphics Driver for Windows Vista 32 I get this message:

"The driver being installed is not validated for this computer. Please obtain the appropriate driver from the computer's manufacturer.

Setup will exit."



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05-03-2009

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Re: T60 - Screen flickers and screen shutoff - problem with power management or hardware failure?

2009-05-19, 22:10 PM

Same V32 result here.  I note that the Release Notes note support for various Intel 945++ chipsets but not the unqualified 945.

 

Since someone asked, I have an X60s with "Mobile Intel(R) 945 Express Chipset Family" driver version 7.14.10.1437.

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Re: T60 - Screen flickers and screen shutoff - problem with power management or hardware failure?

2009-05-19, 22:16 PM

I'm going to try to keep this posted on the last page for the benefit of recent victims, updated as necessary:

 

Bottom line as I see it:  

  1. This is a video driver problem
  2. If you have XP and can, roll back to 4450 (others have reported success with later versions)
  3. If you have Vista you are basically screwed.  No one has posted any link to a functioning V32 driver.
  4. You can find a link to a backlevel XP driver on p.21 or thereabouts.
  5. Lenovo will not help.

 

Message Edited by PDG on 05-19-2009 03:17 PM
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Re: X60 - Screen flickers and screen shutoff - problem with power management or hardware failure?

2009-07-19, 14:13 PM

Hello Everyone -

 

I know it might appear a little self-serving for this to be my first post, but I stumbled across the forum when doing a Google search for "Thinkpad X60s Blank Screen".

 

Yes, I have been experiencing the same issue as most of you.  I thought I would at least share what I've done so far so as to help eliminate possible fixes.

 

My X60s (type 1705-CTO) is running 2GB, Vista 32, and has the Mobile Intel(R) 945 Express Chipset video driver.  In the last couple months I have had both the LCD screen and motherboard compeltely swapped out and replaced.  Earlier this year I purchased and new extended battery from IBM.  Regardless of these fixes, the blank screen bug still got me this morning.  My X60s sits in the expansion dock for 8-10 hours a day at work, and causes no screen interruptions.  It's really only when I'm at home on the couch (battery) when the problem arises.  I have read most of this thread's history, and while I'd love to try an rollback my video driver, I A) have no idea how to do this, and B) when looking at my properties of my current driver, there is no roll-back option (it's greyed out).

 

So far, aside from this issue, my X60s has been a tank.  My previous T40 had a problem with the screen flickering, and developing lines on the scree (both) whenever I adjusted the screen back and forth.  Fortunately, a full screen replacement (under warranty) fixed that issue.

 

I have read in others areas (on the net) that the possibility of the battery issue was thought to be that there was a split-milisecond interruption in power coming from the battery, that for some reason affected the screen image, thus casuing the black screen.  However, as my knowledge about computers is as expansive as my knowledge of performing open-heart surgery, I can't comment on the validity of the battery as the culprit.

 

If anyone an assist me in rolling back my video driver, I'd be ever so greatful.  If anyone would like me to discuss my conversations with the Lenovo appoved repair facility here that's been doing my warranty work, please just let me know.

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07-19-2009

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Re: T60 - Screen flickers and screen shutoff - problem with power management or hardware failure?

2009-07-19, 19:43 PM

BTW - Just a thought.....

 

Is there any chance that upgrading XP & Vista to Windows 7 might fix the blank screen issue?

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Re: T60 - Screen flickers and screen shutoff - problem with power management or hardware failure?

2009-08-24, 7:22 AM

Up!

 

Is there any change concerning this BIG Problem?

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10-27-2008

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Re: T60 - Screen flickers and screen shutoff - problem with power management or hardware failure?

2009-08-24, 7:57 AM

 


wrote:

BTW - Just a thought.....

 

Is there any chance that upgrading XP & Vista to Windows 7 might fix the blank screen issue?


 

 

Well for various reasons I've decided to ditch MS and have installed Linux (openSUSE in fact) and I can say that I don't experience any screen blanking or flickering at all like I used to before rolling the driver back in XP. I think that is enough to conclude that the problem is indeed with the Windows OS / drivers and not hardware.

 

As the problem seems to exist in both XP and Vista, I think the chances are pretty high that Win7 won't be any different unless the drivers are completely rewritten and the problem addressed instead of being carried over.

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04-05-2008

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Disappointing: After >200 posts and over 1 year of discussion, bug is still not acknowledged

2009-08-24, 13:03 PM

Hi TPX60sMan,

thanks for recreating and reconfirming again, that the problem is a windows driver error ;-)

 

The biggest problem from my perspective is Lenovo Support not listening to this well described error. A user selfservice forum can only work up to a certain extend on its own. For instance if there are "user errors" or if easy workarounds can help.

 

However Lenovo Support should care about real product problems from the forum such as this. Acknowledging them and give them a status. Even if they decide not to do anything for whatever reason... There is not even really a chance to official downlaod a backlevel driver, which proved to solve this particular problem.

 

This didn't happen in the last >1 year and >200 posts in this thread, which made the topic one of the most discussed problems here in the forum. The moderators seem not to have the chance to escalate them either.

 

Thats so disappointing and discouraging.

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06-03-2008

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Re: Disappointing: After >200 posts and over 1 year of discussion, bug is still not acknowledged

2009-08-24, 22:13 PM

I have tried everything suggested in this this over 200 post thread and I am still experiencing the problem. As these systems become a older I am sure we have less chance of anyone caring about helping us fix the problem. After sending my system out twice to be repaired by Lenovo and finding their support only consists of making hardware changes and never addressing software, I gave up.  I am sure they would prefer that we upgrade to a new system. So, I believe we are just stuck.....

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Re: Disappointing: After >200 posts and over 1 year of discussion, bug is still not acknowledged

2009-08-24, 23:10 PM

I join this thread! I just run my system without any graphic driver!! Indeed, I tried many times to downgrade to an older version but it did not work and sincerely, I don't want to do a new install and loose 3 or 4 hours to run a clean system.

 

It's just a shame that we all paid an expensive price for a supposed high quality product and due to a software problem, anyone in Lenovo support team could forward all the details about this issue.

 

I will try to post everyday to keep this thread on top of the board! Maybe it could work... ^^

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