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Do lines across an LCD screen indicate that it's time for it to be replaced?

Do lines across an LCD screen indicate that it's time for it to be replaced?

I have a 5 year old thinkpad which has suddenly developed a horizontal line across the screen. The pixels on the line look 'slow' ie. they change colour only after a while and that too not consistently. The graphics look like they're pulled across the screen and spread where the line is. I ignored this for a while but the number of such lines have increased and I now have a 'band' about 0.25cm high obscuring part of my screen.

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Guest [Entry]

In my experiences, this dictates time for a new LCD. Which in the case of a 5 year old thinkpad, it would be far less expensive to replace the laptop itself.
Guest [Entry]

It is most likely the screen. While they may be able to repair it (replace the screen), it would probably be expensive. I would not put money into a 5 year old system. You best solution is to replace it