Toshiba Dynabook E8 Laptop screen turns black after two minutes

Posted on 2003-11-01
Last Modified: 2010-04-27
Hi! I just bought the E8 White Model of Toshiba Dynabook a week ago and when I started using it, I used the power outlet instead of the battery. But recently I tried bringing somewhere and used the battery which was 100% charged. I opened the PC and everything works fine but after two minutes the screen suddenly turns black but the computer is still on? I was wondering if anyone knows what the problem is and how I can fix it? Thanks so much!!!
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
ID: 9663178
Does it turn off while in use or if unattended (like a sceensaver)?
Check the power settings in control panel to see if it suspends when not in use, also the montior settings.

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ID: 9663191
it doesnt turn off just the monitor turns blank as if the monitor itself turned off. Even if I am using the laptop at the moment, it just suddenly blanks out
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
ID: 9663209
Just when on battery?
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pskirk earned 100 total points
ID: 9663222
The problem will be the power settings. Open control panel, power settings and alter the settings for when the laptop is running on Battery.

If you are running Windows XP there are Power schemes to provide a simple way to adjust the balance between power consumption and performance. Windows XP Professional includes six default power schemes: Home/Office Desk, Portable/Laptop, Presentation, Always On, Minimal Power Management, and Max Battery.

The Presentation power scheme maximizes battery life by allowing any component except for the display to be turned off when not in use.

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ID: 9663247
yup just when on battery. even if the battery is 100% the display turns off by itself.
pskirk, so i should choose presentation power scheme?
ill try it out
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
ID: 9663266
Yes check out the power settings there are two differetn power profiles one when on mains & one for battery the battery one is much more agressive but clearly you need to reset the monitor power off setting

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ID: 9663318
"pskirk, so i should choose presentation power scheme"

Yes. The problem you have is common for laptop users when running on battery.

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