Posted 12 February 2012 - 08:21 AM
First off, good Sunday morning to everyone. Coffee's on if you're interested.
Having an issue with my wife (relatively) new HP G60 Laptop.
It's about 18 months old, running Windows 7 64 bit.
A few days ago when she went to power it up the monitor was dark.
I could just barely see the desktop and tried tweaking the brightness/darkness control and could tell that the faint image that I could see was responding to the commands.
Did the obvious - power cycled - and after two tries *poof* it was back. It happened again yesterday and the old trusty reboot again solved the issue.
There have been no recent changes to the laptop, i.e. no new software/apps installed and it's a laptop that doesn't travel much, it's spends most of it's time on the table and has not recently gone anywhere (been jostled around or bumped).
The only thing that I recently did on the laptop as of late is that I plugged in a dying Seagate External HD into one of the two USB ports on the side.
The dying external HD has been an ongoing project and in an effort to try to resolve that issue I plugged the HD into one USB port and then the other. The laptop found the Seagate driver and installed that but did not 'see' the dying external.
A few days later the monitor issue began.
Not sure if I 'bumped' anything plugging the external into the USB ports (is there a graphics card near those?) or if it's likely that it's not related at all.
So there you have it.
Any ideas? Anyone seen anything like this before? Anyone need another cup of coffee?
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