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New batteries, turned it on and screen is completely black.

As stated in the title, my screen is now completely filled in with pixels, no key i push works or changes anything. I need it fixed really soon cauese my exam is in 2 days..
I hope someone can help me!
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First, try adjusting the contrast. Turn the calculator on. Press and release the 2ND key. Press and hold the down-arrow for a few seconds and see whether the screen lightens.

If that doesn't do it, remove all four AAA batteries. Press and hold the ON key for at least ten seconds. Replace the batteries.

If that doesn't do it, add a comment here and we'll go from there.

Posted on Jun 02, 2010

  • virgosign8 Sep 11, 2011

    I changed the batteries and it turned the screen black. Followed your solutions and nothing works. What might be wrong with my TI-83 calculator? Any other solutions?

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