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I have a gateway laptop computer ( model MX3215 ). when i turn on the power i can hear it starting up , but it's just a blank black screen.but i can see slightly my desktop is there, icons , internet, etc...also i hear a buzzing sound coming from computer. i think maybe it's the battery or the lighting in the monitor. what should i do? can i buy an external monitor. would that be easier to fix problem/or battery. please asap. thank you very much.

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Well first lets take the battery out and plug the laptop into the power supply, now lets try and power it on again. See if the buzzing is still there, I'll bet your backlight might have went out if you can faintly see images of your desktop.Yes you should be able to use an external monitor with your laptop, using a standard VGA cable. Before you bought one I would see if one of your friends or family has one you can try and hook your laptop up to first. With that being an older notebook, it really wouldn't be worth investing any money into. If you have to by a new monitor your looking at $100, parts to fix problem and labor maybe $100 - $150. New laptop, twice as fast, 4 times the memory,and at least 3 times the storage for about $300.

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First this won't be a battery issue if you have the same problem when pluged to the grid.
This is certainly a screen issue, either it is the inverter that gives power to the backlighting system that has a problem or the lighting tubes themself. To make sure it is one of these 2, plug an external monitor on the vga connector, when you boot the laptop, if you see the bios sequence, the you definitely have a screen issue.
In this case, go to a laptop repair shop.
Or if you'd like to try, there are plenty of tutorial on how to unmount a laptop screen and change the parts...

hope this helps.

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