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If you mean the desktop isn't completely filling the display, you need to be sure the resolution is set correctly. Native resolution for this model is 1500x1050, according to Dell's site. (Native resolution is the one the screen was designed to best work with. Unlike older CRT monitors, some resolution settings don't work well on LCD screens.) You can check and set the resolution through the Windows control panel.

If you mean that the display is dim and hard to make out, but is okay on an external monitor, you probably have a backlight issue. Without the backlight, you can't see what's on the screen even though the display is working. The usual cause of backlight failure is a bad inverter. The inverter is a small circuit board in the display that provides power for the lamp. Replacements are available for most laptops, and changing one is normally not a major job.

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