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Thread: If your laptop screen suddenly goes black.

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    If your laptop screen suddenly goes black.

    Instantly going to a black screen with no warning at all and the power button shows the computer is on. If the battery is dead, plug up power cord to charge battery then:

    Here is how I fixed mine:

    1. Take out battery
    2 Unplug power cord
    3. Hold down power button for 30 seconds
    4 Turn on computer
    5. Plug up power cord
    6. replace battery.
    It has something to do with discharging static electricity, the fix worked perfectly for me on my laptop today.
    You just saved over $100 or more in a repair.

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    ha, ha. like they used to tell me to De-gouse my television. glad it worked!!!

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    Bella, I have done similar for other problems that pop up unexpectedly, but never for screen going black.

    In fact, my DH is nursing a 5 year old laptop - my former laptop - that overheats and dies without notice. If he waits long enough, it will allow him to turn it back on. "Long enough" varies from 1/2 hour to a full day, but he refuses to get a new laptop! We can afford it, but he just won't do it. Of course, he's like that about appliances and cars as well...

    I am curious where you found this suggestion for making your screen come back to life?

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    I called my local internet provider tech support. The guy Googled how to fix it and told me over the phone what to do.
    Last edited by BellaBoo; 05-25-2013 at 07:30 PM.
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    good to know .... I want to keep this old laptop going as long as possible even though I could buy a replacement at a reasonable cost. But then what do I do with this one? When it costs up to $50 to recycle laptops and monitors and they shouldn't be placed in landfills, I'd rather keep this going as long as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryMo View Post
    good to know .... I want to keep this old laptop going as long as possible even though I could buy a replacement at a reasonable cost. But then what do I do with this one? When it costs up to $50 to recycle laptops and monitors and they shouldn't be placed in landfills, I'd rather keep this going as long as possible.
    Is that what they charge you to get rid of them? Is it just for your state? I just donated a bunch of computers/monitors to Goodwill. They dispose of them. I was told there was gold in the connections and they salvage it somehow.

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    Our old laptop used to shut down for no apparent reason and then would start up later. The problem was that it overheated. A cooling pad (about $10.) solved the problem.

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    ​Good to know.

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    Wish this worked on my TV -

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    I give old computers and other electronic items to Salvation Army. They are used for parts and in their work training program to learn repair.
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    I've noticed that my laptop doesn't like to be left on all day. I have to switch it off
    once in a while otherwise I can't switch it off at all. Got to call my computer tech (DH).

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    I see where a tablet at Big Lots is on sale til June 2 for 79.88, goodness , that sure would be handy to have, I panic if I don't have computer access. Just an idea for a second piece of hardware. My notebook screen has gone black but I connected to printer
    and it caused my printer to print from queue. (spelling?) I am gonna try the routine mentioned. thanks.

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    My LCD flat panel HD Polaroid TV went black. Lost the picture. It started with some scrolling lines, then suddenly nothing. I googled it, found out it was a common issue. Hubby bought two capacitors for 50 cents, he had to remove the old ones by melting them, then solder the capacitors into place. It worked! Instead of paying a TV repair shop $600 or throwing the TV away, it was fixed.

    Of course, in the meantime I bought a new HD LED LG TV. I didn't care for the picture much, the store wouldn't allow me to return it. I sold that on ebay. It has high ratings and the buyer loved it.

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    Wish this worked on my TV -
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    I also have a laptop with the issue where the screen went black, could not get anything to work. The video drivers needed to be re-installed. In that case you must boot up in safe mode and remove all drivers, then reboot again, it will find and fix them.
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    Mine also goes black like that from overheating sometimes if I'm away from home and not using the chill pad. I wait for it to cool and it's back. Just mentioning this as the easier thing to try first.

    Thanks for the info, BellaBoo! However, I'm just a little puzzled by your sequence. Step #4 seems to suggest you could turn it on with neither battery nor power cord. It's late - maybe I missed something and need to read this again in the morning!
    Last edited by Rose_P; 05-26-2013 at 09:53 PM.
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    The computer will be on battery charge to turn back on. It worked for me in that sequence. My power button showed on when I took the battery out.
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    This happened to mine, I had had it for years and it was outdated. I just bought a new one. Last year when I was setting up my sewing room, I found it in a drawer. I plugged it in and turned it on and the screen was fine. It is almost time to replace the laptop that replaced it.
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