Originally Posted by Jonnylotto
Laptop screens almost never die unless damaged. It's usually just the inverter for the backlight, which is a ~$30, 30 minute DIY fix.
Originally Posted by mouthfulloflake
yep, probably the inverter board.
hold a bright light up to the screen, I could still ( faintly) see the windows logo and stuff when the backlight on mine went out.
took about an hour to replace it ( I had never done it before), be careful with the screen they crack very easily!
I'm pretty sure it's not the inverter board. The screen is completely black. I will double-check, though, when I get home tonight.
The laptop has been running almost continuously for five years. I just never turn it off. Something was bound to go out.