help with windows laptop

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by twoodcc, Apr 2, 2007.

  1. twoodcc macrumors P6

    twoodcc

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2005
    Location:
    Right side of wrong
    #1
    yeah i know this is a mac forum, but i've gotten pc help and i've given pc help on here, and i believe that there are good, knowledgeable people on here that wouldn't mind helping if they could

    anyways, my girlfriend's laptop is acting very strange. it works, but the screen is terribly dark. if you strain and tilt it just right, you can see some things on the screen.

    any ideas? i've tried turning the brightness up, and nothing.

    i'm thinking maybe it's something to do with the connection between the screen and the computer....but not sure. but it's unusable right now.

    thanks in advance
     
  2. epochblue macrumors 68000

    epochblue

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2005
    Location:
    Nashville, TN
    #2
    I assume the data has been backed up (just in case), and the computer restarted to make sure it wasn't just something funky?
     
  3. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

    twoodcc

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2005
    Location:
    Right side of wrong
    #3
    no it hasn't been backed b/c you can't really see to back anything up. (can't really see the mouse at all hardly)

    but i did restart, and nothing......even with the windows pic while booting up is dark....
     
  4. epochblue macrumors 68000

    epochblue

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2005
    Location:
    Nashville, TN
    #4
    It almost sounds like the connection with the backlight is bunk...or the backlight burned out (if they can even do that).

    Short of taking the machine apart to see what you're working with, I'm not sure how to go about fixing this...
     
  5. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

    twoodcc

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2005
    Location:
    Right side of wrong
    #5
    thanks. yeah i don't know either. maybe i can talk her into getting a mac now :D
     
  6. epochblue macrumors 68000

    epochblue

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2005
    Location:
    Nashville, TN
    #6
    Ahhh, the old "the-backlight-never-goes-out-on-Macs" reason. Tried and true, indeed. ;)
     
  7. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

    twoodcc

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2005
    Location:
    Right side of wrong
    #7
    well, you know, whatever works....:p
     
  8. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

    twoodcc

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2005
    Location:
    Right side of wrong
  9. live4ever macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2003
    Location:
    Thunder Bay, ON
    #10
    Use an external display to backup the data - sounds definitely like a burned out backlight.
     
  10. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

    twoodcc

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2005
    Location:
    Right side of wrong
    #11
    at least a couple years old....maybe 3. it's got a 1.6 ghz centrino....one of the first centrioes....it's an HP dv1040us (i think)

    yeah, i was telling her that we should connect it to an external display. hopefully we can do it tomorrow.

    is it worth saving?
     
  11. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

    twoodcc

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2005
    Location:
    Right side of wrong
    #12
    well i tried to connect to an external monitor, but it didn't see the monitor.

    i'm thinking maybe it could be the video card?

    probably not......but either way, i guess she just needs a new computer?
     
  12. cayley macrumors member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2007
    #13
    In my experience, if you can fix it yourself, it's worth it. If not, sell it on eBay and put that $ towards a mac :)
     
  13. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

    twoodcc

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2005
    Location:
    Right side of wrong
    #14
    thanks.....i'll be glad to tell that to my girlfriend :p
     
  14. murdoc158 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2007
    Location:
    West Bend, WI
    #15
    I had the same problem as you with an old Dell laptop last week. I was able to take apart the laptop (by the screen) and replace the broken part with a spare I had from another Dell laptop. The right side of my screen was EXTREMELY hot so I figured it was a board issue and not the LCD screen. If your comfortable taking apart the screen bezel I would start there. Here is a picture of what I replaced.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. clevin macrumors G3

    clevin

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2006
  16. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

    twoodcc

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2005
    Location:
    Right side of wrong
    #17
    thanks. but even if i could get it apart, i don't have an extra part, and i wouldn't know which part was broken....
     
  17. murdoc158 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2007
    Location:
    West Bend, WI
    #18
    You can check ebay or craigslist for parts laptops. I just happen to have one sitting at my house. The part that was burnt out, was on the printed circuit board on the right side of the screen. I just swapped circuit boards.
     
  18. BiikeMike macrumors 65816

    BiikeMike

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2005
    #19

    Stupid question, but did you fn+F7 to toggle CRT LCD? (on most computers its F7, some its different)
     

Share This Page