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Screen flicker - possible new LCD cable needed - Toshiba Satellite

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December 29, 2013 3:25:15 AM

Hi all. I am not an expert on computers and would really appreciate some advice if someone could spare a few minutes.

My laptop is a Toshiba Satellite, around 3 years old.

The issue is that my Toshiba laptop screen flickers green and black horizontal lines when turned on. It used to flicker on and off (and I could still use the laptop) but now does so all the time so I cannot use it. The actual laptop works fine and works fine when hooked up to an external moniotor.

I am therefore 99% sure it is a fault with the LCD cable, not the screen (as occassionally it does "come back" and not flicker for a second or two).

Could anyone, from past experience (and my brief explantion above), confirm these suscpicions please?

If so, should I buy a cable and fix myself (or ask a techy expert friend to), or should I just go to a repair shop?

Many thanks and any advice would be much appreciated.

Chris
December 29, 2013 3:38:57 AM

You're exactly right.

It does sound like the cable for the LCD. This is a common fault in laptops.
I wouldn't try doing anything to your laptop if you're not experienced in this. It'll probably need soldering.

I would definately go to a repair shop.
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December 29, 2013 3:42:42 AM

Thank you Haioko,

It is good to have a similar opinion. Do you have any idea what cost I would be looking at? I am guessing this would be cheaper than just buying a new laptop...

Thanks again

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December 29, 2013 4:12:55 AM

There's no soldering involved if it's the cable, it just plugs in to the back of the screen at one end and into the motherboard at the other. It might also include the webcam cable depending on the model.
If it flickers when you move the screen back and forth it's most likely the cable. You can get one on Ebay for less than £10.

See this to see if you're comfortable doing it yourself.

http://www.irisvista.com/tech/laptops/Toshiba-Satellite...
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December 29, 2013 4:28:10 AM

indigo5 said:
There's no soldering involved if it's the cable, it just plugs in to the back of the screen at one end and into the motherboard at the other. It might also include the webcam cable depending on the model.
If it flickers when you move the screen back and forth it's most likely the cable. You can get one on Ebay for less than £10.

See this to see if you're comfortable doing it yourself.

http://www.irisvista.com/tech/laptops/Toshiba-Satellite...


Thank you Indigo, this is very useful.

I dont think there is an in-built webcam so that might take one cable out of the equation! Think I will buy a cable and give it a go (under the supervision of a friend if I can talk one into it!) Thanks again.
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December 29, 2013 4:31:11 AM

archy8 said:
indigo5 said:
There's no soldering involved if it's the cable, it just plugs in to the back of the screen at one end and into the motherboard at the other. It might also include the webcam cable depending on the model.
If it flickers when you move the screen back and forth it's most likely the cable. You can get one on Ebay for less than £10.

See this to see if you're comfortable doing it yourself.

http://www.irisvista.com/tech/laptops/Toshiba-Satellite...


Thank you Indigo, this is very useful.

I dont think there is an in-built webcam so that might take one cable out of the equation! Think I will buy a cable and give it a go (under the supervision of a friend if I can talk one into it!) Thanks again.


You're welcome. Good luck.
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December 29, 2013 4:36:58 AM

If you feel comfortable enough to do it then by all means go ahead. I personally wouldn't recommend anyone trying to fix anything they don't know about.

Good luck!
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