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!!URGENT!!  Laptop screen died !!URGENT!!

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Hello.
I have just got a second hand Texas Insturments Travelmate laptop. It is a 486x4/75 -what ever that means- it has 8mb of ram and 200mb hard drive. It also has a color screen. The screen has decided to stop functioning. It was working a week ago, but now it is not.
I did not touch anything!!! It will not even glow, it is as if the power is not switched on. But the rest of the puter is fine. It hums and works fine. But is no use without a screen.
HELP? PLEASE?

P.S.
I have no money! I cant and wont spend any money! Sorry. But I need solutions, not "go buy this, that and the other" answers.
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Your backlight has failed. Since you can't spend any money, you will have a tough time of it.

If you find some funds, see http://www.man-machine.com/

These guys have help me out of similar situations very nicely.  It does cost some money but their price was very reasonable.

If you are really desperate and REALLY don't have any money, AND you don't care if you trash your computer or not.  You can attempt to fix it yourself.  (Of course, if any parts are failed you won't be able to continue unless you steal the replacement parts - NOT RECOMMENDED!!)  Basically, the backlight is a small fluorescent lamp with a starter and high-voltage power supply.  Three things commonly go wrong, the tube itself (you must replace it), the power supply (can sometimes be repaired), the wires (sometimes they just come loose and can be plugged back in).  The biggest challenge is getting the cover off without breaking the case.  Most laptops snap apart.  you need to locate the little snap-hooks that hold the case together.  Sometimes there are little screws as well, often covered by little bits of sticky tape.

The backlight itself is always next to the screen.  The power supply may be there or in the main unit.

Good luck!
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Open up the Latop and make sure the cable of the Screen is not loosen this can be the problem. SInce it was working, I believe you probably move it. and that should be the problem I do not think it has died it is just not connected. Old laptops have those problems.
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Thanks, guys.
I will be awarding points when I have tried to fix it. If the problem is what you say it is, then I will give you all the points. If not the I will still give you half points for trying.
In the meantime, comment would be VERY welcome.

Thanx
   Jimmymodo
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any progress with this????????????
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I have opened the laptop and it was a loose plug. But thanks for all the sugestions.
Regards,
      Jimmymodo
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am i getting any points ????????? since I said it clearer and concise :((
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ok thanks for the points ;P
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