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Laptop Monitor Almost Dead

by Mondler / April 8, 2004 12:41 PM PDT

Hello. I use an Acer laptop, and I've been leaving it on quite a lot lately to download stuff. I left it on for about 18 hours, which I do on occasion, and it seemed fine till I powered it down. But now, I tried to switch it on, and the monitor has gone dark. I can see very, very, very faint traces of what's supposed to be onscreen, but it's pretty much mostly a sea of black. Does anyone know what the problem might be? Burned fuse, or something? And how can that problem be solved? Is it just a matter of replacing a bulb or wire? Or it is a big, costly process to get it fixed? Thanks so much for all your help!

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Re:Laptop Monitor Almost Dead = From description, the Cold Cathode
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2004 1:07 PM PDT
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Re:Re:Laptop Monitor Almost Dead = From description, the Cold Cathode

Thanks for the link, Robert. Apparently it was the inverter that was the problem. Not too big, so yay. I appreciate the help, though.

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You resolved this? It happened to mine 1 week after the warranty ran out and they (Acer) said I had to replace the screen and it was $900.00. I just started using an external monitor.

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Has this been fixed? My Toshiba has just had the same problem and my Toshiba Service Centre said it would cost me $400 to fix. Is it worth it? How did you manage to fix it?

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Why it costs.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 26, 2004 1:55 AM PDT

Laptop makers outsource the entire LCD screen assembly and don't buy just the invertors or lamps. Only the entire unit can be had from the makers. It's just about as expensive (to them) to pay for a top-tier engineer to troubleshoot the laptop display and replace the failed tube or supply as it is to replace the entire panel.

Those that can repair such displays just cost a lot, so at the end of the day, the laptop vendors only supply big parts that J. Tech can install and fix the issue everytime.


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Re: Why it costs.
by canadian / June 26, 2004 4:37 AM PDT
In reply to: Why it costs.

so is it worth fixing a 4 year old toshiba with this problem for $400 or buying a new laptop?

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Your choice.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 26, 2004 5:23 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: Why it costs.

For me, my 4 year old laptop also needs a battery, and that 11G hard disk is feeling small. Good thing it's not what I use all the time.

For me, I'd replace the laptop and sell the old dead unit off.


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