1. Screen is completely black, with no backlight, and I cannot see anything displayed on the screen if I shine a bright flashlight on it.
2. The external monitor HDMI port works perfectly if I connect it to my TV. In fact, that's how I'm typing this now.
Here's what lead to this point...
Intermittently for the last month or so, the screen would occasionally be dead upon startup or after hibernation. Usually it would come to life within a few minutes after I messed around with it (open/close screen, unplug, remove battery, hold down power button for 30 seconds, reboot). I suspect that getting it to work again was more related to my handling of the unit than anything else, as just the other day it was initially dead, and cycling the screen open/close three times brought it back to life. Now I can't get it to come back at all.
I'm guessing that I have either a bad screen, damaged wire, or bad connector somewhere? If so, what's the best way to go about diagnosing the issue? If I were to buy a replacement screen will it come with the associated cables/inverter/bulbs that may be damaged and will that likely solve the problem? I'm willing to do just that if I can just get this thing working again.
Since I can't see anything when I shine a flashlight on the screen, that indicates that it's not likely just a bulb issue, right?
I'm not a computer expert, but know my way around, and I'm confident that I can take apart/replace whatever needs done. I just need some help identifying the problem further.
I'm about to start some exploratory work to see if I can see anything that is damaged, but I'm afraid that the problem won't necessarily be visible.
Please let me know if there is other info that might help figure this out.
Edited by cmk45, 08 February 2011 - 12:40 PM.