Screen is blank

Hewlett-packard Pavilion dv2120us notebo...
July 21, 2009 at 08:21:14
Specs: Windows XP
I have an HP dv2120us that has started acting up. When I turn the laptop on, it appears to boot up, but the screen is blank. The reason I believe it is booting is because if I attach my external hard drive, it begins to process. Another reason I believe it is on is that all the lights are on. ie: volume, 802.11 wireless etc.

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#1
July 21, 2009 at 08:31:05
Sounds like a shot backlight.
Try connecting a regular desktop monitor to it.
Your laptop should have a Blue VGA port on it somewhere.
If you have video, then thats your problem.

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#2
July 21, 2009 at 08:43:31
I do have the VGA port, but am unsure how to connect the laptop to my PC. Is the VGA the way? If so, I do not have a connector. Btw, do you feel this could be connected to my battery being bad? Thought I would ask.

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#3
July 21, 2009 at 12:25:17
You cannot connect your laptop to the desktop for a test.

Connect your desktop's 'monitor' to the laptop is what KodeAk suggested.


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#4
July 21, 2009 at 13:15:40
That makes better sense...thanks. I was able finally determine why Vista could not read my Backup from my Laptop. I can at least get the info I needed...still not sure what is up with the Laptop.

Does anyone know how difficult / costly it is to change out a Backlight?


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#5
July 22, 2009 at 07:03:37
It's a costly repair. Weigh your options between the cost of the repair at a local repair shop and the cost of buying a new laptop.

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#6
July 22, 2009 at 07:12:08
I prefered the old' Computing net site this one is tedious even without old justin webber

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#7
July 22, 2009 at 07:21:25
I was afraid that it would be costly....like replacing the battery in a 2 year old phone...costs as much as an upgrade. Anyway, thanks for help on this. I will review my options, but I am seriously considering another PC. I have been through 2 laptops in 3 years....they just don't last.

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#8
July 22, 2009 at 11:33:14
Don't but a laptop if you don't need the mobility.
Warrany is also as important as the laptop itself.

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#9
July 22, 2009 at 12:22:19
Very true...thanks for the help.

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