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Dark Screen in Dell Inspiron Laptop

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by bboeri, Aug 12, 2007.

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  1. bboeri

    bboeri Thread Starter

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    I have a Dell Inspiron laptop running WinXP. When I boot it up, the screen is bright but then goes dark immediately after. I can see the desktop, but juct barely. When I close the lid and open it, it momentarily stays bright but then goes dark again. Does anyone have a suggestion for what is wrong and how to correct it? I have the power settings set so that thwe screen never turns off or hibernates and the batter is fully charged (happens when it is plugged in also). Thanks for the help.

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  2. Triple6

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    Sounds like a failing inverter or backlight. Its not going to be a setting but hardware that'll need to be replaced. How old is the laptop? Any warranty?
     
  3. bboeri

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    The computer is not under warranty and about 4 years old. If I lower the lid and raise it again, the screen comes on for about 5 seconds then goes dark. If I play with it like this repeatedly I can sometimes get it to stay on. Is this something that I can fix by myself and if so, how. Thanks for the help.

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    I don't know much about laptop repairs but doesn't it sound like a wire or something simple if moving the lid makes it work ok?
     
  5. bboeri

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    How do I tell if it is the backlight or inverter? How do I replace these? Thanks.

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