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Backlight Good day... My Dell Inspiron B130 is less than 2 years old, however, the backlight went out. Faintly, I can see the Windows XP logo, etc., but it is very faint that I can't see the colors. By telephone, I have received estimates of $260-280 to replace the bulb only. Is there a less costly way to repair this? If I spend that amount, I may as well invest in a new laptop, correct? Thank you for your assistance.

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Re: Backlight

Would you want to consider replacing it yourself? Would probably take an hour, or so. And it's not really rocket science. If it is the back light, that should run about $10-12 plus shipping. If it is the inverter, that will cost in the neighborhood of $60 plus shipping. The inverters have a tendency to fail more often than the backlights. (ain't that the way it always is?) Don't know of anyway to which it is without trying one, then if that doesn't do it, try the other.
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If the fan is dead, then the laptop will shut itself off after a short while to prevent heat damage. It is normal for the fan to spin up when you turn on the laptop and then stop turning. The fan will kick in again when it is needed as heat builds up. The system fan has absolutely nothing to do with the lcd lighting up.......seriously.

If the laptop is running, but the screen goes dark after a few seconds, it sounds more like the backlight on the lcd panel is shot. From what you describe, I assume that your lcd is not 'lit up' at all, but you can see a faint image on the screen. If this is the case, then either the inverter board is shot, or the backlight for the lcd panel is dead. You can try calling Dell at 1-800-www-dell and try to purchase an inverter board. They are cheap, and it would be worth the gamble to buy one, because if the backlight is shot, then you need a new lcd panel - $350+ (the backlight is part of it and not replaceable). The inverter board is located at the bottom of the display module, right behind the dell logo at the bottom of the display. It's quite easy to get at.

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yes your lucky thing is this problem is LCD CCFL lamp worn, change a new lamp should be fixed.
hwo to change CCFL lamp, step by step:
1) buy a CCFL lamp from eBay, reference:
2) take out LCD panel
3) open the back light cover and change the CCFL lamp, reference:
hope help you fix it, please feedback any question any time, pleaae take a rating let me know how much helped you thanks!

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Dell Inspiron B130 was black when turned on. Holding flashlight to screen, could see desktop and all icons. Was able to open programs, etc., while looking with flashlight. Replaced LCD Inverter listed for...

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To determine if you have a LCD screen or video card problem, read this and follow the instructions.

Defective CCFL backlight, it may have the following symptom:

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All these symptoms indicate that the LCD backlight lamp (CCFL Lamp) has reached the end of the life and all you need to do is replacing the CCFL lamp

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The inverter can be replaced easily but the CCLF lamp is more time consuming and requires soldering skills.
Check out for parts, repair service and DIY info.

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