When i switch it on i get the dell emblem for like two seconds then the screen goes black. i can se the desktop icons VERY VERY faintly but it is unusable. can this be fixed at home or do i have to pay big bucks to get it sorted out ?
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Press and holt Control+Alt keys and then press Del key one... Then you need to select the option task manager.. In task manager select file at the top... Under file select new task and type explore.exe in lower case and push enter.. You must be able to see the start menu and the desktop icon... If you still dont find the desktop icon - right on desktop and select show all desktop icons... The problem should be fixed...
To enable those icons and more, right click on your desktop and choose Properties. Click on the Desktop tab and hit the Customize Desktop button. Next, under the General tab, check off any of the icons you want to appear on your desktop.
Yes, this is a backlight problem. However, it could be either the light itself or the inverter that powers the backlight when it fails like this. I'd recommend replacing the entire screen plus housing and hinges (it is often sold as a complete unit) or just replace the inverter (often relatively cheap) and then if that doesn't fix it replace the screen (the backlight is non-replaceably attached to the screen).
The other option is to simply attach it to an external monitor and use it like that. This is also a free way (well, as long as you know someone that has a monitor) to make absolutely sure that the problem is the screen and not anything else.
I had a much older dell laptop (2001?) that did this. For whatever reason it had 5 or 6 drivers loaded for the monitor/display. Of the five, four were identical. I disabled the identical ones and kept the normal one enabled and this solved the problem.
Or.. Check to See if the Lid Switch is Stuck Down... Some laptops have alittle Movable plastic pin that depresses when the lid is closed to turn the screen off... this can sometimes get stuck down to the board button.. causing the symptoms youre experiencing