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HP Pavilion ze2000 Monitor is dim

HP Pavilion ze2000 PC Notebook has a dim monitor. I can barely see the screen activity. I have attached a CRT monitor and it works fine. My cat slept on the keyboard last night, no moisture problem though (that would have been yecht!...).
Also, if I push the monitor lid closed switch nothing happens, no blanking of LCD or CRT. If I set it to go into standby when lid closes, -that works. So, if it were a switch problem would not the monitor be blank, not dim? AND, why would it work for standby?
So I figure it's an inverter problem or a backlight problem. I am about to open it up and check connections, etc. What is the difference between the inverter and the backlight?
Any help would be appreciated.

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  • bazmin Aug 11, 2008

    my laptop monitor is very dim but works ok ihave to hold a torch to the screen to see my mouse pointer. i bought it brand new only 4 months ago so it should still be under guarantee. i have also changed my desktop picture a few times but still no better can you help.

  • Chazz Lavely Aug 11, 2008

    I checked the inverter connection, it seemed good. I did not go so far as to open the LCD panel further to check the backlight. That seemed more complicated. (Your link is very helpful).

    However, how can I tell for sure it's the backlight and not the inverter? From what I'm reading the symptoms are the same.



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Yes, this is what happens when the backlight goes out.
This will give you an idea of what is involved in replacing the backlight. You can find a replacement backlight here, or on ebay, just take your current backlight(s) out, measure it or them, and buy replacements of the same measurements. It doesn't have to be for the same model laptop as long as the CCFLs (cold cathode florescent lamp) are the same size.

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