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Black Screen I have a Dell Inspiron 1420 Laptop and when I turn it on it starts up but the screen stays black. The only thing you can see is the white mouse cursor.

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  • colin butcher May 11, 2010

    Is there an operating system installed? if so it could be hard-drive failure or screen failure

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Its either your inverter or ccfl backlight tube that is out



here is a tip, if you ever buy a new laptop, try to get one with led backlight technology, they last a lot longer and are more durable

Posted on Jun 14, 2009

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Sounds like your graphics adapter isn't working correctly or there's a problem with something in Windows (I'm assuming you're running Windows XP). If so, restart your computer and hit F8 until you get a menu. Select Safe Mode and see if it boots up correctly. If it does, note any error messages you may receive and then shut it down. After shutting it down, let it start up on it's own and see if you get your picture back.

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