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11-19-2008 08:32 AM
11-20-2008 09:14 PM - edited 11-20-2008 09:15 PM
Unfortunaly when you are dealing with computers, or really any product for that matter, the number of hours you have used it is pretty much irrelevant as far as coverage goes, what matters is time from date of purchase. You could buy a notebook with a one year warrenty and not even take it out of the box for two years, but if it has a problem, you are out of warranty and you will have to pay.
In any event, a backlight replacement through HP I beleive on most models will run you in the range of 4-5 hundred dollars, which is less than it used to cost, but still pretty bad. I would try an external moniter just to get some use out of the notebook and start saving for a new one, often on notebooks out of warranty repairs cost at least half as much as the whole product. You can get a pretty decent HP notebook for 6-8 hundred bucks.
11-21-2008 09:02 AM
OK you can't really replace the backlight (at least not very easily). Your choices are 1. a new screen inverter; or, 2. a new screen; or 3. a new laptop.
It is the inverter (probably) if you still see a very dark image on the screen. You should definitely try the external monitor. If you get a picture on it you know it is not the motherboard (video card).
If you get the picture on an external monitor but there is absolutely nothing on the screen, then you need a new screen. You can get one on ebay for maybe $125-200.
I might balk at investing even that money in that laptop. Start thinking about a new one.