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Back lighting is out on screen. The image can be viewed at an angle if there is no glare or reflection on the screen surface.

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  • calightle Jun 27, 2009

    Been there done that. Doesn't work. Thanks. However I found a referance of a pin in the hinge that shuts off power to screen when the lid is closed. I have to check this out.



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You laptop screen invertor is faulty. (also know as LCD inverter, FL inverter, backlight inverter). You can order one from your manufacturer if you are capable of replacing it yourself (means taking your laptop apart). Otherwise I would advise to take it to your local computer store to replace.

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  • Anynick Jun 28, 2009

    "Been there done that" would have been helpful in your history of the fault. The pin in the hinge would shut down the monitor completely not showing you any image. Good luck with your fault.



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