Satellite P25-S609: Black screen, extrenal monitor works fine
Would this be the lamp not working and where would I be able to get one? It will not toggle between the laptop screen and ext monitor. It just goes back to the ext monitor setting when I try to switch the screen or display both of them. Thanks
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Does the display show anything before you enter windows? If yes, then press the key to transfer video back to your original screen once you enter windows. It should be the function key "Fn" + F5 - F8. looks for the icon which shows a monitor or says "CRT/LCD".
If it doesn't show anything before you enter windows I'm afraid your screen needs to be replaced. Good luck.
Your best bet for the least bucks is eBay for a Retail Disc with serial number. Please keep in mind that your machine is old enough to be expecting a hard drive failure and the error code you typed above refers to 2 different types of failures. The first is that you have attached an accessory of some kind which is incompatible with XP. The second, as per Microsoft, is that it is your hard drive that has failed.
However you acquire an XP disc, when you boot from it, let it run Setup to the point where it gives you the option to Repair by pressing the R key. You will have entered a DOS environment. Select the OS you wish to repair and you'll end up at a blinking cursor. Type CHKDSK and hit Enter and CheckDisk will automatically attempt to repair the install and will tell you if the HD is beyond repair if that's the case.
It is almost certainly the LCD inverter which is the cause of your issue. It ism ore common for the inverter to develop a fault than a backlight bulb on the LCD (I used to work in a Toshiba repair centre).
Replacing the inverter should be simple, just make sure the unit is powered off with the battery removed so you don't get an electric shock.
Hope this helps,
Seems a bit odd that the inverter would fail immediately after a repair job that involved the power jack since the inverter is built into the screen housing or lid leaving only a single connector to disconnect then reconnect (aside from the wifi antenna wires) If it is a back-light you can shine a flashlight on the screen in a darkened room and you should see faint images. Use an external monitor to narrow it down to an inverter or perhaps a plug that had not been properly inserted (white one coming from the screen, center above the keyboard) If the external monitor does work then the problem most likely exists after that white connector if it has been inserted properly and has not been otherwise damaged during the repair process previously undertaken. Good Luck!
You should have a Fn button on your laptop, and pressing that, combined with the button that has a sun on it should raise your screen brightness, if your screen only has one brightness setting, and it got much darker all of a sudden, your LCD lamp probably went out, in which case it is probably better to buy a new laptop, because those are expensive to replace.
if you had your windows XP media bootable edition... use it to format you Laptop... note: after you format your laptop your files will be deleted... so make a backup as much as possible for your important files