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  • HELP-laptop screen incredibly dim

    I think I need a new backlight. Any ideas?

    If your wondering how I'm typing this, its from an ipad

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    Re: HELP-laptop screen incredibly dim

    Have you tried brightening it from the buttons on the laptop? On Dell you just push FN and then the up arrow to brighten it. Which reminds me of a fun trick using buttons close by to rotate the screen so everything is sideways or upside down, great for April Fools..

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      Re: HELP-laptop screen incredibly dim

      Yes I tried that

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      • #4
        Re: HELP-laptop screen incredibly dim

        What brand? If it's an Apple, you can just take it to the Genius Bar and they'll diagnose it for free.

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        • #5
          Re: HELP-laptop screen incredibly dim

          Have you checked your power scheme settings?





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            Re: HELP-laptop screen incredibly dim

            It's a Sony vaio, and it's impossible to check the power settings bc it's so incredibly dim

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            • #7
              Re: HELP-laptop screen incredibly dim

              It's not impossible if you plug a monitor into the monitor outlet in back...





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              • #8
                Re: HELP-laptop screen incredibly dim

                ^^ That's a good idea.

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                  Re: HELP-laptop screen incredibly dim

                  from what it sounds like, this isn't a software-based problem.. and the problem lies within the actual backlight itself. meaning you'd have to replace the backlight or the screen entirely.

                  what Sambo suggested will work: you'll be able to see the settings on an external monitor and make changes there.. but it really doesn't sound like it's on the software side of things (even at the dimmest software settings, the screen should still be readable without an external display)

                  if you can stomach keeping an external display connected permanently, it would also 'solve' the problem... but it turns your laptop into a desktop and rids it of all portability.
                  -plagued

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                  • #10
                    Re: HELP-laptop screen incredibly dim

                    I hooked it up to my old PC monitor and it worked. so the problem is the backlight. thanks guys. im gonna get my friend who's a computer wiz too help. thanks agaun

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                    • #11
                      Re: HELP-laptop screen incredibly dim

                      Yes - I was suggesting the external monitor to determine if the hardware/video on the motherboard was an issue - apparently it is fine - and to allow you to see if the software was it - which it wasn't.

                      The troubleshooting would determine if it was indeed the display itself - which is seems to be.

                      Good luck with the panel replacement.





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                        Re: HELP-laptop screen incredibly dim

                        Originally posted by Sambo View Post
                        Yes - I was suggesting the external monitor to determine if the hardware/video on the motherboard was an issue - apparently it is fine - and to allow you to see if the software was it - which it wasn't.

                        The troubleshooting would determine if it was indeed the display itself - which is seems to be.

                        Good luck with the panel replacement.
                        thanks

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