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My Dell LCD E196FPf turns on and stays on, but the screen is so dark I barely make out the little box that comes up when no VGA is plugged in. The screen is about 4 years old and saw constant use. How can I fix this "black screen"?

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U will have to take it for repair.
The backlight might have gone out.

Posted on Oct 07, 2010

  • claughhunn Oct 07, 2010

    How do I fix the baklight then?

  • Mohammed Ebrahim M
    Mohammed Ebrahim M Oct 07, 2010

    There is a backlight board on the monitor.
    Try replacing it.
    There are a lot of help files on the internet regarding that.

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