Gateway laptop 3522gz display went "dark" after 2 years.
I can see a bit of an image if the light in the room is just right and I am a couple of inches away from the screen. Not a setting of brightness issue. If I plug in a monitor and switch to it I get a great image. Heard on the web the hard drive connection might be an issue so I powered down removed it , put it back in etc and no go. Bios setting have no affect either. Is the screen dead or there a setting I'm missing?
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It Depends On How much ram you are running now. More ram is Always A good Thing. However, The Amount of Installable Ram Depends On the Operating System you are running.
Windows XP, Vista, and 7 32 bit (x86) systems only except up to 4 gigs of ram. (Sometimes 3 1/2)
Windows XP, Vista, and 7 64 bit (x64) Systems will except up to 16 gigs of ram. (Some Beyond that)
If you are Unsure which System you are running, 1. Click on the Start Menu 2.Right Click on my Computer 3.Doube Left Click on Properties
On the Main Properties Page it should display 1. Which operating System you are running and Which bit it is (eiter 32 or 64) 2. How Much Memory (RAM) you are currently Running 3 and What Proccessor is Installed in your computer
I see this quite a lot. Sometimes it's a loose connections between the motherboard and the lcd display. Especially if the laptop is 3 or so years old. I'm assuming you did a hard reboot and got the same thing. A lot of time the backlight will give out on olfer laptops and the only thing you can do is replace the lcd display or hook it up to seperate monitor. Two things I can recommend are;
1. Plug the laptop into a crt or lcd external monitor and see if you get the same thing or if you actually get a good image.
2. Press [Function] [F4} and see if switching between exteranl and internal monitors makes a difference.
hook it up to another monitor then control panel then display see i8f something was changed in there
otherwise your screen may have gone but it's only two years old
what were you doing when you lost your screen
Yes you are 50% right. The problem with your laptop is either the inverter module or the backlight itself. If you have a little electronic background and have the correct tools, you might be able to repair it. Although, its more practical to replace it with a new one. It is normally located on the lower front part of your LCD panel. If you can remove the front cover of the display, the you will find it on the lower part. It normally have two connectors, one comes from the mainboard, and another (2 wires) goes directly to the backlight.
Some searching on forums convinced me the inverter had failed. Picked one up for $65, removed the frame around the screen, removed the mounting screw for the inverter, and unplugged both ends of the old and plugged in the new. Put it back togeher and fired it up, bright again. Key here was that a remote monitor still worked which meant video card was OK. The lamp could have been bad, but apparently the life of lamps is pretty decent.
when you leave your TV (no matter what kind) and you leave it for long periods of time on a static image or something.. the image tends to burn in to the screen... so changing the glass would be a way to fix it.... the problem is that that kind of repairmen is more expensive and difficult than buying a new set...