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Flickers, then goes black. If you shine a

Flickers, then goes black. If you shine a flashlight on the display, you can make out what is on the screen, but the backlight is out. If I hit the on/off button again, it usually comes back up, but not for long. Fan is running. It is less than 3 years old.

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It is definitly an inverter of the monitor take it to the nearest service center and they will replace it.

Posted on May 09, 2010

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