My monitor is dark. I can see the desktop vaguely, and it gets better when I shine a flash light on it, but the brightness that I am used to is definitely gone.
I tried holding down the Fn button and hitting the up and down arrows, but it doesn't change. I tried the pressing up on the power chord where it enters the laptop and hitting the power button, but to no avail (read that somewhere on line).
Are there other things I can try to bring back the desktop the way it used to be?
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Re: dark monitor on dell inspiron 6000
Chances are that you back light is out AKA new inverter board time. Here is more info on it http://www.laptoprepair101.com/laptop/2007/01/31/replace-screen-inverter-fix-backlight/ And here is a link to a replacement http://www.google.com/products?hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&hs=cK0&resnum=0&q=inspiron%206000%20inverter&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wf
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