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laptop backlight failure
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Crap. Batbox, my faithful laptop, has experienced a screen failure. Since I can dimly see the screen if I shine a light on it, I'm assuming that the backlight has failed.

So, a question to the more hardware-savvy amongst my friends: is this repairable? Is it cost-effective/worthwhile to try getting it repaired?

The rest of the system works just fine, and I don't really want to replace it... oh, well, at least I could see the screen well enough to back up the files on the hard-drive.


EDIT: it's a Gateway 4028GZ. I bought it in October 2005.

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So sayeth Justin, "Replacing the backlight is infinitely cheaper than replacing the whole screen." I, however, am clueless.

The chains will insure the cost is enough to justify a new machine, smaller repair shops the cost can be quite reasonable.

I had good luck with a place up here in Savage/Jessup, which is a long haul for you, but similar places should exist locally.

It depends on the age of the machine. My guess is that it's old enough to be "repaired" by a sharp blow from a sledgehammer. Replacement is more cost-effective.

I bought it in '05...

At that age, you're on the borderline. Price a repair.

What is it's age/make?

Gateway 4028GZ. I bought it in October 2005.

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