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Monitor has gone completely black

My monitor one day grew dim and black. The next day it was completely black by best guess is that the backlight has gone out because the display is fine on an external monitor. So am I right? and if so, about how much will it cost me to repair?? Because I really don't want to get another notebook because this one is super fast(3.00 GHz!!!!) but it could use more RAM.

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Normally notebooks last abt 3 years (3.0 GHz is abt 3 years, sorry) and then you will have to upgrade or change. In this case I suggest you get the "monitor" changed to a used one (I think u can find it in ebay) or buy a new one. The approx cost is USD 300.00 depending on the make of your notebook. U could also get it repaired if u can find a technician.

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