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prab

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Hi,
I have an Acer Laptop (Aspire 5102WLMI), and the LCD back light just went out. When I turn on my computer, the right side lights up, but the left side does not. After just a few seconds, the back light turns off, but I can still see what is on the screen (very dim). I have hooked up an external monitor and that works just fine (I am writing this message from the computer). I called Acer and it will be $350 for an new screen or $400 for me to send it in and get fixed. Any suggestions on cheaper/easier ways to fix this? Any help is appreciated.

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PRab
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shard92

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That may be something as simple as an invertor board. In that case they generally run about $80-$100. The big problem is finding the correct one for you laptop.... you could check around and see if any local shop would be willing to look at it..... You could also try fixing it yourself.... However as you said it could also be the backlight itself and that can be a bit more complicated... From my experience you can't often can't find exact replacements for backlights and have to try using generic ones that match as close as possible the dimensions of the one ( or ones ) you have...
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Thanks,
I managed to kill the external monitor that I was using. I think this is not my week to look at computers. It was sitting in the basement for several years, so it is no surprise it didn't last long. I now have another external monitor that I am using now.

I think I will just get a nice 17 inch LCD and use it like a desktop until I need a new computer or get around to fixing the problem.

Thanks again,
PRab
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