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godenver1

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I have a Compaq Presario laptop. I am not sure if I have a bad graphics card or a bad screen. What it is doing is: About 4 seconds after I start my computer up the screen gets extremely dim and I can barely see the normal start up screen images. Please let me know what you think it might be. Please let me know if there is more info. that you need.

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sounds like the backlight on your screen died. if your computer is still under warranty you can have that replaced. other than that there is not much you can do for it besides replacing the entire screen, which is amazingly easy to do if you know where to find things on the laptop.

hey, you can always plug it into an external monitor =)
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Ok cool. I will go plug it into a monitor and see if that will work. I will post again with my progress. Thanks a bunch for the reply.
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no problem, always happy to help.
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Ok here is what i am finding now. My laptop screen goes really dim when I plug the power supply into the computer. Any idea what might cause that?
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Hi godenver and godenver1 - how many usernames do you have? :whistling:

It sounds like you have the screen brightness options set for different settings.

http://www.microsoft...ed/battery.mspx

This is a Microsoft link that helps you conserve batter power, if you follow the suggestions and then just crank up the settings to a higher brightness, does that work? There should be two lots of settings - one running on battery power, and one when plugged in.
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