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My monitor screen keeps getting dark. No matter if I try and lighten it up, it doesn't work. Is it time for a new one, or can I do something?

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Base from the description of your problem the issue here is a failing monitor already and having it repair will may cost as much as new monitor so the best advice here is to have the monitor replace.

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To whom it may concern, The screen is very dark. How can I fix it? Also, how can I change the brightness? thank you for your time!

To adjust the screen contrast (to lighten screen or to darken it)
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  2. Press and HOLD the UP Arrow to darken screen, or
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Keep pressing the UP or Down arrows (whichever you need to press) until the screen contrast is adequate.

In your case, the screen is too dark, so you must press the DOWN arrow to lighten it.

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