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Very dark or black laptop screen

Q: Very dark or black laptop screen

I have a Packard Bell Easynote TE69KB laptop and the screen is either black or very dark, sometimes at the right angle you can just see the graphics, This started after the 18mth old son hit the top of the screen yesterday. I have tried adjusting brightness without change, with an external monitor plugged in it works fine, which is OK if I'm working at home but no good when I'm out. I am thinking I'm going to have to change he screen or can you make any other suggestions?

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A: Very dark or black laptop screen

Your son has probably damaged or loosened the screen inverter. That is what lights up the screen and is a separate part. It can be found under the screen bezel. I don't think that this will cost much to fix. If you DIY read up about the job first because removing the bezel (frame) needs to be done carefully.
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A:Sony Vaio Laptop Black, Dark Screen On Start Up and remains

Sounds like your LCD is bad.

Sounds like you have one of two things going on: either a bad inverter board, or the flourescent tube in the LCD is dead.

The inverter board is fairly easy to replace, and costs around $100. The flourescent tube is a much more troubling issue - generally the only option is to replace the entire LCD, and they do get expensive. Some repair shops claim to be able to replace just the flourescent tube - this can be a little less expensive. But it's hard to find a repair shop that can do that.

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Try it on another pc, just to see if it does the same thing. If it does then your monitor may need some work.........
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A:Satellite Pro C50-A - Black/dark screen issue

To be honest I don?t think recovery image installation will help you.

I don?t have such bad experience on my Toshiba machines but I?m pretty sure it is hardware related issue and cannot imagine that clean recovery installation will change anything.

In the past some people have reported about similar issues and the reason was defective FL inverter.
The warranty is still valid so I think you should contact nearest Toshiba service provider and ask for help.
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Can you try another monitor for test purposes?
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A:Very Dark laptop screen

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A:Laptop screen has gone very dark!

Backlights and the inverters that drive them can go bad. The inverter is usually a separate printed circuit board mounted in the laptop lid with a two wire cable going to the LCD module. There is no quick and easy way to tell if the inverter or the backlight is bad, short of substituting known good ones.

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A:Laptop Screen is Dark

well first thing check to see if your brightness/contrast is set to low, maybe turning it up, if not, either the bulb in the lcd or the inverter, most likely the inverter has gone out. try the easier fix before you go buying parts though..
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A:Win 7 Laptop Screen goes dark

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A:Screen on my laptop going dark??

which model of laptop do you have ?
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A:Laptop screen is dark

sound like the backlight/inverter

the connection may just be loose,not an expensive fix even if it needs replacing
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Check your power management settings to not turn off the screen.
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Welcome to the Forum. Seems like there is a lot of this going around lately!

The problem is caused by the Flourescent backlight turning off. The causes can be many. My personal experience is that it is faulty wiring going from the base unit to the LCD panel.

Have you tried shutting the lid and reopening it...repeatedly. Or simply flexing the unit partially open/closed? If it flickers or goes ON even momentarily, it is probably the cable.

If the unit is under warranty by all means send it in for service!
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A:Extremely dark screen on laptop

Hi thehoppingbunny and welcome to Seven Forums.

Have you tried adjusting the brightness of the screen without using the function keys?
(i.e adjusting the brightness in power options?)

When did the screen start turn extremely dark? Can you remember any updates or major changes you made to your laptop?

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A:Bright & Dark spots on Laptop screen

@Dchucks? I would say that those are "Press Marks" from the keyboard or something is pressing on the LCD from inside the lid. REO
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A:Gateway laptop, screen goes dark intermittently

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mmm Have you tried booting up with the mains adapter connected and powered up?Also - what make and model is your laptop?message edited by trvlr
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Hi, it's been a while!

I have a HP Pavillion dv7 laptop. I am using Vista. Recently, my laptop keeps getting a black screen when I am in the middle of doing something. I have to hold in the power button until it shuts off and turn my computer back on. I lose whatever I was working on. I have 139GB free of 287GB. I am not sure what is going on, but it is getting REALLY annoying, real fast!

Any input?


A:Black Screen on HP Laptop

Looks like this happens most when I start windows media player...

I have found threads with the cursor, but I have no cursor...just a black screen...
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A:Laptop screen black

You could try a BIOS flash, if this doesn't work then it could be a fault with the motherboard... I've had similar to this with an Acer Aspire One netbook. Good luck
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Have tried everything.

It powers on, fan runs, screen stays black with internet light red and caps lock steady white blink every 4 seconds.
Have tried removing battery, power cord, holding power button for 30 seconds.....
Tried removing mem and starting.
f8 does nothing....

A:HELP...hp laptop black screen


1. Have you tried plugging in an external monitor?
2. Do you get the Splash screen at start.......anything?
3. Can you get into the BIOS?
4. Can you boot into safe-mode?
5. Is the screen totally black or can you see anything faint at all/backlight etc?

Also, your laptop model may have a design flaw. And this maybe an answer:

Open the screen to a wider angle before pushing the power button. If the angle of the screen to the keyboard is less than 90 degrees it appears to trigger the problem. By opening to wider than 90 degrees, the problem goes away. Once the screen is activated it doesn't matter what angle the screen is put at. The wide angle is only necessary at boot up.


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A:laptop screen goes black

Have you tried updating your graphics driver yet?