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Old 06-30-2006, 09:16 PM   #11
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The LCD screen is typically backlite by two lamps in the better units. It IS a servicable part, I've done several hundred. It looks just like a mini flouresent lamp. If the units been dropped, hit, or bumped hard then bring it to a service facility, the lamp probably broke.

Some things I would suggest is tomake sure the backlight is not turned off, check the button as suggested if you have one, increase the brightness which usually involves holding down the blue Fn key and pressing the brightness up button (blue sun with an up arrow) key, and lastly try switching it to an extrenal dispaly and back again (another Fn + key combo).

If it still doesn't work then the problem is probably the inverter board.

And keep in mind, these are not inexpensive parts. I always suggest an extended warranty that covers against accidental drops with anything that you carry and costs more than you can afford to replace.
doesnt that FN+ something only work on Toshibas?
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The LCD screen is typically backlite by two lamps in the better units. It IS a servicable part, I've done several hundred. It looks just like a mini flouresent lamp. If the units been dropped, hit, or bumped hard then bring it to a service facility, the lamp probably broke.

Some things I would suggest is tomake sure the backlight is not turned off, check the button as suggested if you have one, increase the brightness which usually involves holding down the blue Fn key and pressing the brightness up button (blue sun with an up arrow) key, and lastly try switching it to an extrenal dispaly and back again (another Fn + key combo).

If it still doesn't work then the problem is probably the inverter board.

And keep in mind, these are not inexpensive parts. I always suggest an extended warranty that covers against accidental drops with anything that you carry and costs more than you can afford to replace.
doesnt that FN+ something only work on Toshibas?

dells.


I'd go on ebay for a screen.
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The inclusion of a function (Fn) key is pretty much an industry standard...

For me (IBM Thinkpad R series):

Fn + F7 = Projector/LCD/both
Fn + Home = Brightness Up
Fn + End = Brightness Down
Fn + F3 = LCD Off


etc...
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Its different for diffrent laptops, thats why I said usually. CYA is rule #1. hehehe.
Not many companies really makes their own laptop, its just "rebranded". Toshiba may be the only exception, not sure as Ihaven't done this work in a while now, just on the side.
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Well, it'* a used one, and I only paid like 200 bucks for it, so replacing parts would be kinda impractical. It was supposed to be for tuning my car, but I'll have to figure something else out. Anybody every hear of a "carputer"?
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yah with those mini-itx motherboards/proc combo and a 12 volt power supply?
I dont know where to get the power supply tho :(
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yah with those mini-itx motherboards/proc combo and a 12 volt power supply?
I dont know where to get the power supply tho :(
Is this what you're looking for?

http://www.mp3car.com/store/index.ph...47721c37e2a8a5

With some work a laptop would be good for a carputer. Go for it man.
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