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Dim or NEarly blank Monitor

I have a Gateway Laptop (MT3423) that I use at home only. I shut the laptop, went to the gym and when I came home to use it again the monitor was very, very dim. It flickered a bit then went almost completely out.

When I restart it, it seems to boot fine. I can enter my PW and it runs and if I tilt the screen just right, I can see that all is there, so it isn't a motherboard problem?

Are there common connection issues?

I rebooted in safemode to see if the settings were just messed up...no go!

I tried to connect to my LCD TV, it won't recognize the laptop output, but I tried it on the desktop that is currently hooked up to the TV and another laptop and they both instantly were recognized by the TV. Maybe a setting on the output, but I can't se anything to try...

Any Ideas??

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  • apex_Pred Jul 17, 2009

    What makes you think it is a graphics card issue? I forgot to add this. I picked it up to get the model number and I set it down a bit hard on the front corner, and the screen popped back on for a few seconds fine an crystal clear. That leads me to believe that it might be a connection of the voltage supply, or lamp?? But I'm not an expert.

    Any new ideas??

  • apex_Pred Jul 17, 2009

    What makes you think it is a graphics card issue? I forgot to add this. I picked it up to get the model number and I set it down a bit hard on the front corner, and the screen popped back on for a few seconds fine an crystal clear. That leads me to believe that it might be a connection of the voltage supply, or lamp?? But I'm not an expert.

    Any new ideas??

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It sounds like the graphics card broken.You can ry to reinstall it but I dont think it will help.Sadly it is a hardware issue which can be only solved by electrician.

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  • robsmith424 Jul 22, 2009

    If you can make it work by tilting or shaking then it is not a graphic card problem,most likely a simple faulty connection.It can be that the video cards connection or the LCD panels connection is become loose.It can be easy to fix or can be a big problem.After dismantling the device you will find it out.I recommend electrician to work on it ,otherwise you may cause more damage.

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