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Solved: Screen went black but computer still runs fine

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by totalnoob, Dec 15, 2011.

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  1. totalnoob

    totalnoob Thread Starter

    Sep 19, 2010
    Umm ok, hoping this is the right spot.

    So... hello... and thanks to all of you lovely computery people out there for even reading about my problem.

    So today i was watching a video online, and the screen just went black, but the sound of the video was still playing normally. I turned off the computer (didn't know how else to stop it). Anyways, upon restarting, the screen is visible for about one second and then goes black. The right side of the screen is brighter than the left if that means anything to anyone. I can tell by the sounds that it restarts normally except for the screen which remains black.

    When i put the laptop to sleep and reopen it the screen is visible for again 1 second or so, and then goes dark. That screen is the log in screen so i know the rest of the computer works fine up to that point.

    If I shine a flashlight at the screen i can see the screen, but barely.

    Computer details for anyone interested.
    Toshiba Satellite A200
    Windows Vista
    4 years old
    (not sure what else you would need to know)

    Ok, so a couple questions from all that.

    1) Can anybody tell what's wrong with it?

    2) If i hook it up to another monitor of some sort, can i bypass the screen issue?

    3) Assuming whatever is wrong with the screen is fixable, is it better/cheaper just to buy a new computer instead?

    Well that's all i can think of. Please try and help me out if you can, i would really appreciate it.
    Thank you all, hope to hear from you,
    Indebted as always,
  2. Megabite


    Apr 5, 2008
  3. totalnoob

    totalnoob Thread Starter

    Sep 19, 2010
    Hmm, that is interesting.
    Thank you so much for getting back to me.
    I hope you are right.
    I'll mark this as solved unless i find out otherwise.
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