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My gateway M-1634u notebook screen backlight is not functioning are there any repair schematics available?

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No, all that's available are disassembly diagrams.Looks like you have a bad "inverter'. Thisis a small circuit board (about 1/2inch by 4 inches) located inside the screens plastic case in the area just above the center of your keyboard. It has two small cables connected to it(one on each end).You'll have to take your screen off the laptop by the hinges and then open the screens plastic case with a small screwdriver.
Opening the laptop enough to get to the screens hinges is usually a job done by experience,since every laptop has a slightly different hinge mechanism and procedure for accessing them.

Posted on Apr 07, 2011


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Doing Surgery Yourself

1.Remove the battery from the laptop. With the laptop model schematics in front of you, use the small Phillips screwdriver to separate the monitor from the laptop base. The schematics will indicate how to uncover the monitor hinges and free the monitor. Handle the screen gently because it will still be tethered to the base by a group of wires.
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