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Laptop Screen Dull

My IBM T43 ThinkPad's screen has suddenly dulled dramatically. I normally use my laptop plugged into an external monitor, but when I disconnected it to use the lap to solo, the screen was so dull it was barely visable. I shut down and restarted a couple of times, but still nothing. When plugged into my external monitor again, I can see the screen on the monitor, but still nothing on my laptop screen.
My laptop is plugged into power - not battery operated. I went into the bios setup and the brightness of my screen was set to normal. I changed it to high, but it still isn't making a difference.
Any suggestions?

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  • Anonymous May 18, 2009

    Encountered some problem. Plugged latop into an external monitor, changed the resolution... can now see on both screens. Suspect graphics, soldier, or cable fault.

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Look a the screen real close, if you see a faint dark version of the image, this could be a backlight issue, otherwise a screen cable or a logic board issue. Backlight repairs are somewhat difficult. As much as I would like to be able to tell you a quickfix that will solve backlight the problem, it's a pretty arduous repair that requires 1-2 hours for a trained person. It's feasible to do it yourself if you're tech savy, but you'll most likely have to google for guides that show you exactly how to replace the backlight step by step. Check on how to take the screen apart and make sure inverter is still connected properly. If so, you have a backlight issue. I work for Computer Repair NYC and i have to fix this problem a lot, it's so easy to break the lightbulb in the process.

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