I just wanted to update this post. This isn't an Ubuntu issue. It is actually a loss connection on at the inverter of the screen. To fix it:
1) Remove the battery
2) Unscrew the four screw underneath
3) Remove the front plate where the power buttons are.
4) Unscrew the screws holding the front panel to see the screen underneath.
5) Push all the cables into their sockets properly.
Then reassemble the computer.
Your can see an instruction manual here: http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub...42x3552_02.pdf