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Just a few days ago my laptop was working perfectly fine then all of the sudden it had a smoky smell and the screen went black. I turned it off and waited a little bit and turned it back on. It starts up fine and can see everything on the screen and then it will go black again after a little bit. I have hooked it up to an external monitor and I can see everything that way. I have replaced the inverter but didn't change anything. Any idea's? Not sure what to try next.

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Where there's smoke, something burns. It sounds like the monitor or video cards has/is going out. First I'd have you contact the tech support for your computer and find out what options they have for you. To replace the monitor is not that hard to do, but you do have to have the correct parts, again from the manufacturer.
I would say you will either need to send it back or just hook up an external monitor and keyboard/mouse.

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