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When you power on the laptop, press the F8 key several times. A screen should come up asking you to choose an option.
Options should include safe mode and repair your computer. If repair your computer is an option, select that by using the arrow keys and press enter. This may fix your issue.
I would try taking the battery out and unplug it from the mains then hold the start button down for about 30 seconds then try again if no good try reseating the memory and if there is 2 sticks of memory try taking one out in turn and trying the other slot, or try starting it in safe mode (could be by continously pressing F8 on start up
You might need to change the screen refresh rate. Go do Control Panel> Display> Setting> Advance, choose 60 Hz. In order to make your Monitor able to display, restart the PC, press F8 on the keyboard frequently upon splashing ( 1 or 2 seconds after PC restarts). Select enable VGA mode by pressing up arrow of the keyboard> press enter. The display should look bigger, then you can start adjusting the screen refresh rate to 60 Hz
Sounds like you back light or LCD inverter is going out, If you don't hear a whine then it is just the LCD screen, if you hear that whine then it is the inverter. An inverter will run 40-60 dolloars as opposed to and LCD screen which usually start around 100 and go up...
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Since it seems as though you dont move it very much you might be able to hook an external monitor up to it and using the Fn+F5 button swap it to use the external monitor untill you can get it repaired.