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rmjr

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Suddenly, my computer shut down and I got a Black Screen, yet if I use a flashlight I can see my back ground and icons..use the mouse, so shut it down. Left if off for an entire day, turned it back on..and there was my computer on again. Used it for two weeks it did the same thing. I'm using it now. What could be the problem? would it be better just to get another computer? someone suggested it could be bad memory chip. Any advice would be great.
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No it is not a bad memory chip. The fact you can see the image when using a flashlight is the classic symptom (and troubleshooting method) of the inverter and/or CCFL (florescent backlighting bulb) in the monitor failing. The computer itself is fine.

You failed to tell us if this is a notebook or PC. If a notebook, you can connect an external monitor. If a PC, swap out monitors.

Inverter and bulbs can typically be replaced for $50 - $150 for parts, plus 1 hour (2 max) for labor. Many repair shops have a flat rate as this is a common job.
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Its a laptop. My computer shop offered me 230.00 for it as a trade in on another computer. May just do that.
Thanks.
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Well, if you don't need a portable computer, you can just attach a regular monitor to it and use it as a desktop.
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