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Laptop has screen light up but no picture

My laptop has no picture but the back light does show. What would cause this??

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  • hollyavila Jan 10, 2008

    Ok in safe mode it doesnt go on is the inverter the same thing as the video card?

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    I changed my graphics setting and lost all picture how do i get it back

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    I have a aopen 1557g , I get back light but no picture, if I plug in a crt, it works fine on it but nothing but back light on the lcd.

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The video card would cause this. To check it restart your laptop and press F8, this will take you to safe mode. If there is still no picture, then it is bad.
If it works then you need a video card driver re-install.

Posted on Jan 10, 2008

  • Thomas Christopher
    Thomas Christopher Jan 10, 2008

    hollyavila,

    No, the inverter changes dc to ac to operate the backlight. the video card is another component and may be an add-on card or built into the motherboard.

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