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    Re: Laptop lid light switch?

    When you say you have tinkered with the settings...have you tried: Start/Control Panel/Display/Screen Saver/Power Button/Advanced...and then "When I close the lid of my portable computer" select "Do Nothing" from the pull down menu...then hit "Apply?"

    There could also be another switch disable option in your BIOS.

    But it sort of sounds like a loose connection or something hardware/hardwire related, to me.

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      Re: Laptop lid light switch?

      Originally posted by Opus1guy View Post
      When you say you have tinkered with the settings...have you tried: Start/Control Panel/Display/Screen Saver/Power Button/Advanced...and then "When I close the lid of my portable computer" select "Do Nothing" from the pull down menu...then hit "Apply?"
      Yes, a long time ago I did this. Didn't change a thing.

      There could also be another switch disable option in your BIOS.
      I didn't know, but I'm nearly 100% certain it's hardware related.

      But it sort of sounds like a loose connection or something hardware/hardwire related, to me.
      Question I have is, if I take the six screws out of the front frame on the screen(lid) and separate it and look inside is it going to spring apart and be challening to reassemble if I try to take a peek at the "switch" (or whatever) and see if it's a simple fix? I have no idea what to expect. It's not gotten worse over a year, just the same, so it's not a wearing wire , it's a consistant repeating issue. I'ts not worth spending money on, but I don't want to make it worse. I'm debating leaving it alone or diving in to explore.


      "We believed in our idea - a family park where parents and children could have fun- together."

      -Walt Disney

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        Re: Laptop lid light switch?

        Just a follow-up, if anyone is interested.

        I finally found the time, I took the six screws out of the frame of my Gateway laptop, I looked things over, I saw nothing in the way of a switch, I removed a support bar at the base of the lcd panel, looked under it, nothing, peeked behind the screen nothing, then put the support bar back on and cinched all the screws tightly. Then I replace the frame. I figured, well, I tried to fix it anyway. Then I powered it up. To my amazement the problem was fix.

        I can only guess that it was a something that was loose there, maybe the base bar?.
        I just really don't know what it was. But it's fixed.


        "We believed in our idea - a family park where parents and children could have fun- together."

        -Walt Disney

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        • #5
          Re: Laptop lid light switch?

          Originally posted by Sorcerer's Apprentice View Post
          Just a follow-up, if anyone is interested.

          I finally found the time, I took the six screws out of the frame of my Gateway laptop, I looked things over, I saw nothing in the way of a switch, I removed a support bar at the base of the lcd panel, looked under it, nothing, peeked behind the screen nothing, then put the support bar back on and cinched all the screws tightly. Then I replace the frame. I figured, well, I tried to fix it anyway. Then I powered it up. To my amazement the problem was fix.

          I can only guess that it was a something that was loose there, maybe the base bar?.
          I just really don't know what it was. But it's fixed.
          There is a ribbon cable that is spiralled and goes through the hinge, and goes to a connector at the LCD edge. If you wiggled this connection so it made a better mating fitting when you opened and closed it up, that would do it.

          If this happens again, pop the screen bezel open and CAREFULLY unplug and re-mate that connection. If that doesn't work, get the base case open and re-mate the other end. Should do it.

          Last resort is replace the cable if it breaks from fatigue going through the hinge - don't constantly open and close and adjust the screen... If you use the laptop in a car, get a vehicle mount with a lid support arm, so it isn't vibrating or flexing a lot.

          --<< Bruce >>--
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