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Re: My screen went dark !
To state the obvious, make sure the brightness is turned up. This is usually a function key on the keyboard. If this doesn't accomplish anything, then the backlight on the lcd may be damaged, and the lcd will have to be replaced.
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If it showed a pinkish tint on the screen before it went out it could be the backlite. If you can see a faint screen when you turn the room lights out it chuld be the inverter. Inverters are cheap ... a used one for around $8 on ebay. Try that first. Make sure that you buy the EXACT model that is presently in your laptop.
Gateway was working good went upstairs came back NOTHING BLACK SCREEN....
My gateway screen was constently black every time I powered on nothing no bios, nostart up no warning..The board has indicating lights to follow the start up power light on, battery light on, then the disk drive....but thats it normaly the harddrive reader light comes on but nothing.... So detached every component and tested individually..... come to find out one of my 2 ram slots is damaged not the chips...this could be your problem..try