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My gateway solo 5150 backlight went out causing my screen to go black. I can see everything on the screen with a flashlight so I know it is the light. I need to know how to replace this light myself because it is so expensive to have repaired by a pro. Please help Lisa

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Probably the inveter has failed. I had this poblem with mint too. Get this part http://www.mundocorp.com/shopexd.asp?id=375

The inverter is located in the lid of the laptop. It is not too easy to get to as you need to remove the case top screws, hinges and escutcheon around the disply. Then be careful not to damage any flex track connections.

I really do think you should get a tech to do it as you can easily damage the display.

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