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My 3 year old Dell Inspiron 710m screen won't light up

Out of the blue, my screen won't light up when I turn the laptop on. I can just barely make out the ctrl-alt-delete opening box. The Brightness increase button has no effect. The screen is 99% dark. Restarting and crt button have no effect.

Can screen lights just "burn out"? If the screen is "burned out", is it worth fixing?

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To see if its your backlight, shine a torch onto the screen and if all is visible then, your backlight is out.
they are not expensive but getting someone to replace it may be.

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  1. Press and hold <Fn>.
    • The <Fn> key is located on the bottom left side of the keyboard next to the <Ctrl> key.
  2. Press <Up Arrow> to increase the brightness of the display or press <Down Arrow> to dim the display.
  3. Release <Fn>.
check the following documentation for more info:
http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/tree?treeid=0B5A6B58619034DDE0401E0A55176EC3
and also
ALS feature that controls the brightness that you may have on your computer:
http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/document?journalid=5E3B6E1A3DC21D52E040AE0AB6E145FF&docid=301197

if the problem persists your backlight may have been damaged or possibly a bios updated may be needed.(check with Dell to confirm you have the latest bios version)

replacing the backlight may be expensive I suggest that you try the solutions above and then check with dell on how much it would cost to get backlight repair to see if its worthit, with a 3 year old computer it may not be.

in the event that is to expensive to get the screen fixed. you can attach an external monitor and direct the image to the external monitor, that way you will be able to work on your computer but it will become a desktop computer.

hope this helps!!

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There are 2 lights behind the screen honestly they aren't worth fixing yet if you really want to access your laptop you can hook up an external monitor to the laptop in the back and log in then if you can I know this part is hard move your mouse to the bottom left till you can change the display... basically where you can change color settings and hit the output to monitor and then it will be on the external monitor so you can access you files save it to another drive to put up on a new computer or if you want just turn your laptop into a desktop. But as for repairing unless the lights just came dislodge the repairing and replacing of the lights could cost almost as much as a new laptop. 

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