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My compaq presario m2000 screen is very dark

My screen is very dark, i can see it if i shine a light onto the screen but it is not illuminating at all. I have since bought a new computer i just thought it would be nice to fix and give to someone if i can fix the problem inexpensively. Do you know whats wrong and if so how much do you think it would cost to fix it?


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  • Anonymous Nov 01, 2008

    I have same problem. If I put lights on in room, I can read on the screen with very difficulty. It has become dark.


  • Anonymous Apr 28, 2009

    I have nearly the exact SAME sort of problem:

    However, I need a solution VERY quickly, as detectives are all over me now for any result.

    language : English
    product_line : KV
    product_id : 442915
    product_name : Compaq Presario R3000 (AMD) Notebook PC
    purchase year : 2005
    serial number : CND44401NC
    operating system : Microsoft Windows XP Pro
    error message : VERY, VERY DARK SCREEN
    problem description : The screen on this laptop (ComPAQ Presario R3000) is VERY DARK, and the brighghtness switch ("Fn" plus "F8" KEY) does NOTHING. It is obviously booting into windows, and playing the startup music sample, cause you can hear the speakers clearly, but you can just barely see the icons in a pitch-dark room, because the screen is so, so dark. Even with a desktop monitor it stops showing right after the boot and goes blank, acting like it's disconneted? I am trying to recover data and the last functions committed from this laptop(Jax, FL Sherriff's Office, Evidence recovery lab). No External monitor and the screen on here is "barely" at-all visible. All I want to do is recover, but before taking the harddrive to another system, I want to know WHY it won't get a LOT Brighter?
    troubleshooting : Tested the acadaptor It is fine, so is battery. Even tried simply reseating memory, as instructed. Unfortunately, it's kind of anemergeny, as two 3-yr-olds are missing, and they atleast "insist" the computer (Compaq Presario R3000 Notebook, (found in dumpster after suspects ran with children) would give them "some" sort of clue about the whereabouts of the chidren. Dunno. Sorry but I'm using a Very Old E-Mail address from early childhood, that is still checked a few times daily...hehe. I tried it with an external monitor, and it goes out during boot, but, obviously boots into windows, with nearly invisible icons. I just want to EXTREMELY BRIGHTEN the screen, without taking any risks to ANY kind of data content OR moving the PCMCIA drive just yet? Any ideas?
    tech skill : Advanced
    first name : Joey
    last name : Covey
    from email :
    from country : United States



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You will need to replace the LCD screen. The cheapest way to go is ebay. Here is one.

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The whole LCD screen does not need to be replaced. The driver board for the screen backlight has quit working. You can search "Make-Model-Backlight Problem" or "Make-Model-Dark Screen". I fixed one about a year ago with the exact same problem and it cost $80. The repair took less than 10 minutes to replace the part.

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