Lenovo G530 Screen Flicker

Well, I have no doubt that my trusty Lenovo G530 will still be functioning after the rapture.  It’s getting a bit flakier in its old age, but it’s still chugging along quite well.  However I do, of course, have to tend to it from time to time.

If you have one of these you might have gotten the telltale flicker of the LCD screen.  Sometimes this seems to accompany the loose screen hinges.  Well, it is slightly related; this problem is actually caused by a loose video cable leading to the monitor.  For me, it wasn’t actually that hard to fix, basically amounting to a connector that needed to be reseated.  (Another cause could be the cable itself, which would be bad, but it’s probably just the connector.)  To fix it, just remove the keyboard, disconnect the video connector, and reconnected it.  Once again I have prepared a handy graphic to guide you (though be sure to check out my post on fixing the screen hinges and check out the graphic there first; you’ll need to take those steps to get to the screws here):

Howto: Reseat the Lenovo G530 video cable

Be very careful, as the parts in here are kind of delicate.  Particularly don’t yank the keyboard too much.  Pry the video connectors out with a screwdriver (carefully), and then just stick the back in.  The problem could be as simple as crud on the contacts, and just doing this can work wonders.

This fixed the problem for me, your mileage may very.  Of course, do this at your own risk (ie, I am not responsible for damage to your laptop), but if you’re careful there’s not a lot to mess up.

UPDATE: This may not fix the problem permanently.  If the problem comes back and maybe even gets worse, I have a new post with a solution that may be a little more effective.

A Hack

I have been having a great holiday.  I did a little traveling this week, and am about to get ready for New Year’s.  However, during this time a subject has come up which I think deserves a post.  This, is a hack:

You see, the jacks on the front of the TV don’t work too well; the video one in particular needs to be pushed down for the connection to be made.  We had tried jamming a wad of packing peanuts in there, which worked for a while, but not for long.  What you see here has been working fine for several days now.

However, it is by no means an elegant solution.  A better one would maybe involve gluing the connector down.  Or even better, resoldering it.  But both of these are a little more than we want to put up with right now, it being the holidays and all.  This works well, the stone hasn’t fallen out, and we haven’t had problems with the connectors.

When solving a problem it is nice to pick a solution that is simple, practical, lasts, and most importantly, actually solves the problem.  The first three of these are debatable in this case, but the latter does not apply.  And in the end, addressing this part is what you want to shoot for.  However, when it comes to quick, temporary fixes, exploration, and plain-old fun, a hack can be key.  Remember to be aware of what you have available to you, as far as tools, resources, and skill, and try to make the best of it.