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My laptop screen is dark. I plug the laptop in a power strip in the family room and the screen works fine. I put it back in the other room, plug it into the power strip and the screen does not come on. The computer is on, but the screen will not stay on.

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You have created a power drop with too much load on that circuit or you have a bad receptacle. Try plugging it in directly to the wall outlet in the other room. Let me know if this is helpful, we can go further if necessary.

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I cannot promise an easy fix for this and you will need to work through the following to eliminate possible causes.

1.) Try the laptop on another monitor, if it works on this, you can eliminate the graphics chip, which is the part that usually causes problems with blank screens. If the external monitor does not work with the laptop, you will need to investigate the problem by stripping the laptop.

2.) If it does work on an external screen, the inverter, the backlight or the VGA cable are at fault. If you can see a very faint image on screen in a darkened room, the possibility is that the backlight has failed, if there is no image, the inverter has failed. Of the two, the inverter is the cheapest to replace at about £10.00, whilst the screen will cost about £40-70 to replace.

(The vga cable may have also come loose, unlikely, but stripping the laptop by removing the screen assembly will show this. You would also need to do this to replace the inverter and / or screen.)

3.) Before stripping the laptop, try these steps:
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  • Check the port that the adapter plugs into, it should not be loose or wobbly, if it is slack, it will require replacing.
  • Remove the battery and ac adapter, press the power button on and hold it for 30 seconds, this clears the cmos. Plug the ac adapter back in and try it, if it works ok, reinsert the battery. If it fail again, suspect the battery.
After taking all these steps, and getting no resolution, you should now look into the possibility that the motherboard is damaged, specifically the graphics chip. These tend to fail if the laptop has overheated. They cannot be easily checked, however, stripping the laptop will at least show you if there was dust build up in the CPU fan area and cooling radiator. If this was heavily clogged, it is almost certain that the chip has failed

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The first thing I would try to resolve this issue is to update the bios to the latest firmware.

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However, if the laptop is still running & only the display on its LCD is cut off but the laptop itself stays powered on, then your laptop might be experiencing a failing screen inverter board, a failing screen backlight lamp, or a failing LCD screen cable.


1. When you turn on the laptop, the screen lights up for a short period of time and then goes dark. You still can see an image but it is very dark, almost invisible and definitely not usable. When you restart the laptop, the screen lights up and then goes dark again. The laptop works fine with an external monitor.
2. Your laptop turns on but the screen remains dark all the time. You still can see a very dim image outline. The laptop works fine with an external monitor.
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