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Gateway 3522GZ display

Display went dark on startup, the video is there, but so dark it is only visible isn a darkened room. Remote monitor works fine. Power down, power up, unplug plug in hard drive, nothing helps. Ideas?

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  • nimaaxmed Jan 09, 2009

    My laptop is doing the same thing AND suspiciously enough it's the same Gateway model and everything , i can see the windows still open on
    the screen however it's flashes completely dark. None of the programs close
    i just can barely see them! I think it's simply the internal lamp or something
    but the flashing usually stops after a few minutes :S


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Some searching on forums convinced me the inverter had failed. Picked one up for $65, removed the frame around the screen, removed the mounting screw for the inverter, and unplugged both ends of the old and plugged in the new. Put it back togeher and fired it up, bright again. Key here was that a remote monitor still worked which meant video card was OK. The lamp could have been bad, but apparently the life of lamps is pretty decent.

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