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Dark screen My hp dv9000 is a lemon, and the Hong Kong hp Service Center (I purchased the computer in Hong Kong) is giving me nothing but frustration and fees. My current problem is "dark (black) screen". I can view the notebook on external monitor. I think part the problem is with the F4 toggle switch. I am unable to toggle between the notebook and external monitor. The monitor simply flashes when I toggle, but remains 'on' (?on? means: I see the notebook on the monitor) in all toggle settings. However, occasionally the notebook screen flashes a normal fully illuminated screen for less than a second when I am trying to toggle, or the external monitor is adjusting screen resolution. If the external monitor is not connected, with a bright light pointedly directly at the black notebook screen, by adjusting to avoid the bright glare, I can very faintly see the images on the notebook screen. I used this mode to navigate the notebook and save a folder when I was at the hp Service Center and planned to leave the notebook there for repair. I read your fixya notes (thanks, the most authoritative I have seen so far), but the solution you offer for my situation is ?go to the hp service center?. Before I return to the demon center, I want to exhaust all possible fixes at home. I have been to see them twice in the past 2 days, and they have not been truthful, were deceptive, and intentionally tried to create situations that would cost me money. It wasn't until I produced documents/evidence that they would confess, and then to only those instances. I make a point to be very relaxed and civil, but dang, talking to them ruins my entire day. For example, Day-1, they said ?it was impossible that I purchased the computer in HK?. Day-2, I produced sales slip from HK computer store and they say "Oh, yes, they sell your model." Day-1, they say ?we have never seen your computer before, and you have never been here according to our records". Day-2, I returned with 3 previous work orders from the exact same office, including one where they replaced the screen. They said "Oh, yes, we no longer had your records because we just started a new record system." So why not tell me that? Day-1, I asked ?is black screen a common problem with this model, because here I am again with the same problem. Answer: no, this is very rare, in fact I have only seen it once in the past year". Day-2 I returned with 30 pages of internet postings with hundreds of complaints from owners with the same problem as mine. Comment: "Oh, yes, we know there is a 'defect' in this model." however it will cost you between HKD3,000-HKD7,000 to fix your computer (USD385-USD898) for the parts to repair my computer.? There was more, but I left. It was clear hp simply wants to confuse people, hide the truth and extract as much money as they can from the victims (people that purchased their defective merchandise) they created. (So sorry to bore you with this experience. They just make me soooooo angry.....counting 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10........OK, I am more calm). So, is there anything I can do at home? I do not want to see those people ever again, and never, NEVER will I ever buy hp again. Thanks, Fred Goforth, fgoforth@hotmail.com.

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