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M35X Screen went black and will not come back on after shut down, reset and power up

My M35X is 3 years old and has worked fine up until now. While I was browsing, my screen suddenly went black. I shut down by holding down the power button, then removed battery and attempted to reset the laptop by holding the power button down for 15 seconds. Replaced battery and powered on again... fan kicks on like the hard drive is booting up but still no screen.

Could this be as simple as a backlight or is it something more serious, like a video controller? At this point, I just want to recover the files on my hard drive.

What's the easiest way to recover the HD information?

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  • Jan Cooper Jan 22, 2008

    Thanks for your suggestion. However, I've already tried connecting my laptop to my desktop monitor. Still blank :(



    A co-worker is going to try to help me recover my data so I'll cross my fingers!



    Thanks again for trying to help!

  • Jan Cooper Jan 23, 2008

    Thanks for trying - I did try connecting my laptop to my desktop monitor but still no screen.

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Try to connect to external monitor and see if you see anything. Of course when you do that you have to hold at the same time fn key and the key that has a blue picture of computer screen.

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