Laptop display is suddenly very dark
April 10, 2008 6:54 AM Subscribe
Weird laptop display problem: A second after starting it up, the screen gets very, very dark.
I have a Dell Inspiron 8600, and I'm running Windows XP. When I start it up, I can see the Dell splash screen for a second and then the Windows XP splash screen for a second, but then the screen gets very, very dark. If I stare at it really hard, I can just make out the outline of what's there. I hooked up the laptop to an external monitor, and everything works fine on that. Is this a video card problem? If so, is it something that I can probably fix myself?
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