to sort out the men from the boys.
You mentioned that you could always use it with an external monitor.
I have to ask, before you spend any, or more, money on this, have your tried this yet and do you know for a fact that it will produce video from the video out port?
No video there would surely be a symptom of some thing rotten in Denmark.
Of course, if there is video, then it might be easier to look for an entire screen on ebay rather than just a back light. I'm not sure if the back light is a replaceable part on that machine of if the entire screen/backlight has to be replaced.
I have a macbook that was given the ol beer in the keyboard treatment and went dark with a ghost image, before I bought it, leading me to believe that it was the inverter board had blown, I bought one online and replaced it but to no avail. The previous owner obviously had very little knowledge as they left a few screws out on reassembly but I don't think they should matter a lot. I could of course use it with an external monitor but kind of defeats the purpose of a laptop. So would like to get the display working without having to buy a new display. I cannot seem to find out if it is possible to replace the backlight, if this is the problem, or to find one for sale online, even on the excellent ifixit site. It is a 2Ghz intel core 2 duo.
If anyone has any ideas I would be very grateful,