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    [SOLVED] TF101 only shows black screen

    Dear TF,

    I have a 16 month old TF101 running stock ICS which very suddenly stopped working. I was using it (battery fine) didn't touch screen for a while so it went to sleep and when I hit the power button to unlock it gave me only a black screen (still had power as screen gave off dim light), and nothing seems to work. I have tried holding on button for various times up to 5 minutes, holding the volume down button and on button for various times up to 5 minutes, sitting it in the dock and doing the same, leaving for several days to run battery down and then placing in dock and still nothing (it charged OK but won't boot up and only gives me the black screen). I have plugged USB into laptop and it detects it and can access files so it seems my beloved Transformer is now just a very bulky USB-flash-drive/really-weak-flashlight combo!

    If anyone has any suggestions/ideas that could help they would be much appreciated and give you a warm feeling of seasonal goodwill!

    Thanks in anticipation,

    Jon

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    Did you check the HDMI output ? (conncet to an external display)
    I had a similar issue with "black screen", where it turned out that HDMI ouput did still work - even the touch functionality.
    I'd bet it's the internal cable providing power supply to the backlight of the display panel (no power for backlight -> black panel).
    Mine is now in for repair ... a second time. I had a similar issue a year ago ... therefor I know about the critical cable connection.
    Actually there are forum posts showing this connector in a detached position .... looks like this cable is a weak spot of the TF101
    hardware design ...
    Regards, Toby

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    Hi Toby,

    Thanks for quick reply...don't have an HDMI with right size so will have to wait until tech guys get to work on Monday.

    Thanks again for the idea,

    Jon

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    I know this is a very old reply but finally had a chance to fix it and it was a loose display cable. I followed the instructions here Japan's World of Digital Electronics: Fixing Asus Transformer TF101 Black-Screen Issue and it now works perfectly. Ashort section of kebab skewer and a piece of gaffer tape should stop it coming loose again.

    Thanks again for your help,

    Jon
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    Thanks for the information Jon. I have marked this thread "Solved". Others might find this a fix for a similar problem.

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    Having just sorted the same problem, I wander whether this is an assembly line issue. I could not believe that the cable could become loose accidentally.
    Anyway, inserting the plug properly and positively solved the "black screen" issue, hopefully for some time to come.

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    I have same with my TF101, I tried re-connect the connector but still fail, I did also try most of the connectors and not yet settle the problem.

 

 

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