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Dim display Is a dim display a common problem with this laptop? Has anyone replaced a display and if so what is the difficulty level. My 7 year old is always playing internet games on my computer which worries me so I had her bring her own laptop over which is this old dilapidated armada. Everything functions fine except a somewhat dim display which would drive me nuts. Doesn't seem to bother her but at least she is not playing spongebob games on MY computer anymore!

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  • rmitaliano Jan 22, 2009

    I think it is most probably a hardware issue but getting it fixed would cost more than the think is worth. thanks, Myra

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Check power settings as it may be in battery saving mode, for games it should be set to maximum performance. There will be settings for brightness and contrast possibly using the function key and cursor arrows. It may help to change the screen, which is moderately difficult if you have a disassembly diagram, but it is worth trying to change the inverter first.

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