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Screen is blank unless a flashlight is shown on the screen. Prior to this happening laptop was dropped and the left hinge broke off. Could something else have broken off?

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"Screen is blank unless a flashlight is shown on the screen"
What happens? The original screen program comes back, For how long? Under what condition does it return blank?
Try something:: While the laptop is on, grab the right * left side of border of screen [The outer rim]. GENTLY.........EVER SO GENTLY...try and twist the screen. Not the hinges, but the screen itself. If the picture comes back, u may have a crack inner board.It can be repaired, if u know what u are doing. If u don't know, don't try it. U can damage *********** board by sending the wrong electricity into it. Your ckt. board could be cracked.

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Sounds like the backlight system of your screen is broken. You may have to take it to a laptop repair shop, preferably an authorized service center to have it fixed

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