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#191896 - 8th Jan 2008 2:41am Dim Laptop Screen
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Right... ive had my laptop for over 3 years now. During that time, on average it has been used 12 hours a day. So we are looking at around 13,000+ hours of usage on the LCD and it is now starting to become just a bit dimmer then id personally like.

I have two options:

1. Effectively retire the laptop and either buy a new one (funds arnt too happy with that idea) or swap it for me mums PC, which used to be my overclocking rig so I know and love it lots lol, which she bought a brand new LCD for last year and she never uses the PC so essentially its still brand new and therefore nice and bright;

2. Somehow make my laptop screen brighter. Ive done as much as I can using the ATI utility to make it look brighter, so now its down to the screen itself. I have been offered a brand new screen panel (including all screen related parts excluding GPU of course) to fit my laptop for a bargain price of £25 (they usually retail at around £100+ a piece), it has only a 30 day warranty, but it should be fine as its brand new, just not direct from Acer or an Acer approved supplier.

My question is, does anyone know if replacing the panel itself and the inverter etc which comes included, will actually lead to an original brightness? Im assuming the bulb will be intergrated into the panel although to be honest I havent yet checked it.

Anyone have any idea's? If ye dont know, please dont post "I think" or "I assume" as that doesnt really help in anyway.

Cheers smile

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#191902 - 8th Jan 2008 9:28am Re: Dim Laptop Screen [Re: MattLFC]
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If you replace the pannel and inverter/backlight driver the screen should return to normal brightness. The backlight is often a sheet of EL material (electroluminescent) which requires a driver to power it, so replacing both of these parts is an entirely reasonable thing to do, and for £25 i'd just do it anyway!

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#191905 - 8th Jan 2008 9:43am Re: Dim Laptop Screen [Re: CustomIce]
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I didn't know that, but i'm with him wink

£25 you wasted more on a Saturday night lol
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#191940 - 8th Jan 2008 1:55pm Re: Dim Laptop Screen [Re: Mark]
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Ill see if I can still get ahold of it then. Its not under insurance anymore (ran out in September), so im not bothered about doing anything to it that might void the insurance.

Cheers for that Custom smile

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#192052 - 8th Jan 2008 5:35pm Re: Dim Laptop Screen [Re: MattLFC]
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If you need someone with access to all the security screwdriver bits imaginable let me know wink

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#192059 - 8th Jan 2008 5:57pm Re: Dim Laptop Screen [Re: CustomIce]
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i might have to take you up on that offer too

the same thing is happening to the screen on my 4 year old Toshiba laptop

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#192070 - 8th Jan 2008 6:29pm Re: Dim Laptop Screen [Re: Tony_1985]
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what custom ice said happy
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#192071 - 8th Jan 2008 6:29pm Re: Dim Laptop Screen [Re: CustomIce]
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Originally Posted By: CustomIce
If you need someone with access to all the security screwdriver bits imaginable let me know wink


talking about those you got one for DS ?
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#192095 - 8th Jan 2008 8:22pm Re: Dim Laptop Screen [Re: CustomIce]
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Originally Posted By: CustomIce
If you need someone with access to all the security screwdriver bits imaginable let me know wink

Cheers fella, much appreciated. I think it may have gone already, but he did say he would be getting more at the same price, so I will see what happens.

smile

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#192096 - 8th Jan 2008 8:32pm Re: Dim Laptop Screen [Re: MattLFC]
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I'll have a look to see what bits the DS needs

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#192125 - 9th Jan 2008 12:34am Re: Dim Laptop Screen [Re: CustomIce]
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i assume that this post is useless... i think

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#192126 - 9th Jan 2008 12:57am Re: Dim Laptop Screen [Re: Davey_Martin]
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Well there davey boy i also think that this post is useless... well i assume anyway.

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#192128 - 9th Jan 2008 1:02am Re: Dim Laptop Screen [Re: Pomp]
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not useless. leave it up sir pomp

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#192141 - 9th Jan 2008 9:06am Re: Dim Laptop Screen [Re: Tony_1985]
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Huh? think

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#208696 - 20th Feb 2008 4:45pm Re: Dim Laptop Screen [Re: CustomIce]
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The back light in a laptop is a floresent tube usually running along one edge of the screen (usually bottem, check where the pink and white wires are). Replacing the whole screen will make it return to its original brightness, although i wouldn't throw away your screen as if the back light goes on the new one (and they are prone to go), you can replace the back light. The screen unit itself can be taken apart in about 5 min and is easy enough if you look at the clip tabs holding it together.
-Also, the nintendo DS has tri wing screws in it (Smae as the Wii, Game cube and Gameboy) and needs a tri wing screw driver (3 wings instead of the standard philips 4).
They are available on Ebay for around £3

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