Question about Gateway Solo 5300 Notebook
The lcd power light comes on but the laptops monitor screen remains blank and will not boot--before this offured the desktop would not stretch the entire screen it would only remain in the center no matter how I tried to adjust the display, and also the display would go blank and I would have to move the monitor back and forth before the screen would reappear---
It sounds like a loose wire. If you are out of waurantee open it up and see if there is a wire that has come loose. Only it you feel comfortable, doing this. First check the connectors on the side and make sure the vga/dvi, is not loose. If you are going to end up paying a tech to fix it, then it would be worth your while to open it up and give it a shot. Let me know if you want to do that, and we can go through what's needed. good luck, by the way is this XP or Vista? and if you go into the properties, settings, advanced, desktop, is the desktop set to stretch or center or tile?
Posted on Dec 15, 2008
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Shine a flashlight on the dark screen to see if you barely
see the icons on the desktop. If so, then the LCD Inverter is bad.
Plug in an external monitor and see if the display shows up on it. It can be any kind of monitor even the old big fat crt monitors as long as it has a vga cable to connect to your computer's vga port. If so that proves your video card is ok. The video will show on most systems when you reboot without you having to do anything. Some systems will require you to hit the FN (Function key) + F1 thru F12. Hold down the FN key then hit the correct key for displaying on the monitor (F1 thru F12). The correct key will normally have CRT/LCD on it or it will have the icon of a display.
If you see no icons by shinning a flash light and the external monitor works, then your screen is bad. If you see no icons by shinning the flash light and nothing shows on the external monitor, then most likely your video card is bad.
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