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Screen black I have a Compaq Presario v5204NR Notebook PC. It boots up and there is sound, but the screen is completely black. If I shine a flashlight on the screen the normal desktop is there as usual in the background. Help please.--Chris

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  • Chris Steer Apr 19, 2009

    Thank you very much. I have tried the FN + F8 to increase brightness to no effect. Can you tell me how to find the inverter--what it looks like? Is it easy to pull out? Thanks so much.--Chris

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    Thomas Marengi Apr 19, 2009

    The Compaq Presario V5204 NR screen is completely black. No image at all, but sound works fine. The unit looks impossible to take apart to determine if all internal cable connections are secure. Any suggestions short of sending this back to HP for a gouging?

  • Chris Steer Apr 20, 2009

    Thank you very much Joe! I will try to fix it via your links and let you know what happens. Regards, Chris

  • JDTec
    JDTec May 11, 2010

    Sounds like your Inverter, which controls the contrast and brightness, is bad. The inverter is inexpensive and usually easy to replace.



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Dear forevencris,

I was able to fix the problem with the "black screen". I took apart the machine which is quite tenuous to get at the cables attached from the mother board to the screen itself. One of the ground cables was crimped and I repaired with a re-solder. Also, the main display cable was not seated properly. After reseating and re-assembling, all works well.

If you are good with a screw driver and small screws, you can do this. Be REAL CAREFUL not to damage any of the electronic or mechanical components with an errant screw driver. Be real patient and plan on at least an hour to perform this surgery.

Contact me for assistance should you desire. Good luck.

Best Regards,

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I buy them from Smartmicro, very reliable and good prices:

I could not find your model's manual, but this show how to replace it on a Compaq V2000 which should be similar and should give you a good starting point.,IBM.shtml

Click on this link or copy and paste the complete link into your browser.
If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it.
Thanks, Joe

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