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Very dark screen

Have acquired second hand laptop without start up manual . when switched on very dark screen , can just see outline

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Hi,

If the desktop could be seen (albeit very dark background) then it could either be the CCF Lamps (cold cathode florescent) or the inverter that powers the lamps. One way to verify is to shine a flashlight at an oblique angle to the screen, semblance or part of the desktop could be seen.

Often, the defective component would be the inverter. It is relatively easy to replace the inverted. It is sometimes more difficult and challenging cracking open the casing of the display panel of the laptop than replacing the inverter. Additionally, inverters are readily available online. It is also not surprising that inverters for other brands/models would also be used in your Toshiba.

This would be a good place to start for inverter boards. This is a nice tutorial if you are considering a DIY.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on May 07, 2008

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