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Good Morning. Currently I have 3 issues. Issue # 1 is the dreaded black Screen issue with my Dell Inspiron 1300 laptop. Issue # 2 is the laptop is not charging / using the battery which I can live with. (I purchased & installed a new battery which did not help with this issue. I also attempted the ?power down? option?. No Joy.) Issue # 3 is there is no sound. (Probably a driver that needs to be re-installed) The computer is 3 ¾ years old. I am running XP professional. I reloaded XP about 30 days ago(before the LCD issue surfaced). I have not installed any updates or the drivers that came on the laptop when I purchased it from Dell as the laptop was working perfectly for what I was using it for (except for Issue 2 & 3 above). I have an external monitor set up on the laptop which works, telling me (from what I have read) the video card is ok. During the boot up process, the LCD is operating normal. Once the computer comes online the screen will go black. If you look closely you will see the images on the screen. When I replaced the inverter, the computer worked normally (LCD screen was backlit) for about 45 minutes. It does seem that the screen does briefly light up intermittently while I am using the external monitor. When the screen does light up the external monitor then goes blank for a couple of seconds then lights back up while the LCD goes black again. (This may be from the cable connection as you cannot screw the cable into the port of the laptop.) The question is?. Did I get a bad inverter??? Did something make the new inverter go bad??? Or Should I just give up the ghost & say I got almost 4 good years out of the laptop and purchase a new one. Any Suggestions will be greatly appreciated

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