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My Panasonic Let's Note CF-W5 laptop is about 3 years old. Very recently, the screen went near completely black on me. I can barely -- but just -- see the icons. For the past couple of weeks, I noticed some flickering happening on occasion. Today, while using it, the screen went dark. Then, after re-booting, it came back moentarily and went black again. Now, it is just black everytime I re-boot.

I have a limited warranty remaining. The exact same thing happened to my Toshiba laptop a couple of years ago and I use it connected to a monitor as a desktop.

What is the problem and is this going to be an expensive repair job? Depending on the estimate, may I need a new laptop?
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I had the same thing happen a couple months ago and it turned out that the back light for the screen died. I have no idea what the replacement cost would be, since mine was still under warranty. It is odd that after reboot it was fine for a couple minutes.
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Thanks for the reply. Amazingly, the screen comes on and then goes black intermittently. Still. We spoke to the Panasonic service center today. They said it is either (1) LCG (which would cost over $700 to repair) or (2) the inverter board (which would costs about $250-$350 to repair). I would love to avoid the costs involved with having it checked in the event that it is the former. Any advice?
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Honestly, no I'm at a loss. I really don't know a lot about LCD repair, only what I've run into in the past. I have seen damaged laptops on eBay that can be bought with a working screen. Typically you can replace the screen yourself if you take your time. It's normally a couple screws, plastic clips and a ribbon cable or two.

But you'll want to make sure that the LCG and inverter board are in the screen assembly so they get replaced at the same time.
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