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Re: Conspiracy, or just a PITA?
« Reply #15 on: April 18, 2012, 06:35:22 pm »
It won't matter now. The backlight for my display has went on the laptop and the battery is dieing already so I'll just wait till I get a new laptop.

Going to speak to my mum, hopefully she can get me a laptop from Brighthouse or something. I'd like a HP Envy, but I'd have to save up for a while.

I'll be building my dream build soon, because I'll be getting money, although not much, but I'll just save up for the parts, etc.

It's a shame that my laptop is dieing but it's done me proud for 4 years. It's had a tough life, and if I knew there wasn't anything that needed fixing on it then I wouldn't toss it, but because there will be, I'll just have to replace it with a younger model.

I'll be active for now, as I've got my external monitor, but the display is dead on my laptop unfortunately. :(

Guess it's time too upgrade.
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Re: Conspiracy, or just a PITA?
« Reply #16 on: April 18, 2012, 06:45:44 pm »
Bummer :(

Do you "know" it's the backlight .. wouldn't it be cheaper to get a new LCD, and/or maybe inverter ?

If it was the GFX card, I'd have said "yeh, bin it" but it obviously isn't if the external monitor works.
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Re: Conspiracy, or just a PITA?
« Reply #17 on: April 18, 2012, 06:55:00 pm »
Yeah it's the backlight. You can see there's a picture there but it's very faint.

I'm not gonna bother splashing cash out on it. It needs a lot of new things, and to be honest it would probably just cost too much to fix it all up again.

It's time for an upgrade anyway, so I'll probably buy a new laptop with a SDD, and an enclosure which will house 3/4 HDD's until I finally get the build for my PC done.
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Re: Conspiracy, or just a PITA?
« Reply #18 on: April 18, 2012, 08:42:28 pm »
Did you know that you can replace the backlight?
Which is like a fluorescent light tube that is attached to the edge of the LCD.
I have seen some instructions floating around the net to do just that.
Apparently it does not cost that much either. http://www.ccflwarehouse.com/lareba.html
And while at it you could replace the inverter too. ;)
« Last Edit: April 18, 2012, 09:08:32 pm by SeZo »

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Re: Conspiracy, or just a PITA?
« Reply #19 on: April 18, 2012, 09:43:46 pm »
I've found replacing (and even sourcing them in the UK) the florescent tubes a major PITA .. heh, back on topic ;)

Usually easier to just replace the LCD .. but I suppose if you can source them ......

There is however a good chance that it's just the inverter .. the tubes themselves seem to last quite well.

[EDIT]

I must add .. It's been a while since I tried sourcing tubes, so maybe things have improved .. then again, everything's going LED now, so who knows ???

[EDIT 2]

Here's an idea that highly unlikely to work, but it can't hurt to try.

You mention the battery s screwed .. The inverters job is to invert DC to AC current for the backlight tubes, but it also provides the initial "kick" of current to start the tubes (think of the "starter"/capacitor in household florescent tubes) .. if your battery is constantly putting a drain on the power supply, maybe there just isn't enough "juice" for the initial kick start.

Try removing the battery .. as I said, I doubt if this will work, but worth a shot ;)
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Re: Conspiracy, or just a PITA?
« Reply #20 on: April 18, 2012, 11:13:08 pm »
The laptop is very rarely ever-off the charger anymore, due the battery not lasting any longer than 10/20 mins. Even with a DC charge going into it, there's still no light.

I've been having a look at the Acer Gold 7.

http://www.brighthouse.co.uk/computing/15-point-6-inch-acer-laptop-gold-7

Same laptop as my brothers, only this one comes with more RAM... 6GB to be specific.

Although I have to say, HP's Envy, just makes me drool and want it, because of all the shiny. (Excluding the beats speakers. Which are absolutely grab!)

http://www8.hp.com/uk/en/products/laptops/product-detail.html?oid=5188986

But at 1.2K, it's exactly the same price as a Macbook.

http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/

I think I'll stay in the £500-800 range.
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Re: Conspiracy, or just a PITA?
« Reply #21 on: April 18, 2012, 11:29:17 pm »
Jeez .. that HP Envy is a serious rip off

Check the spec of this:
http://www.cclonline.com/product/69094/LX-RPX02-037/Laptops/Acer-Aspire-5755G-2676G75Mnks-15-6-inch-Notebook/NOT4386/

VERY similar NVIDA graphics (similar high mid range) .. the rest is pretty much the same .. and for HALF the price

OK 15.6" instead of 17" .. but $600 qiud cheaper .. C'mon  :o
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Re: Conspiracy, or just a PITA?
« Reply #22 on: April 18, 2012, 11:31:55 pm »
That's almost exactly like my brothers laptop, only NVIDIA graphics and MORE RAM, which GOOD for me. :D

Me = AMD fanboy / NVIDIA fanboy.  :P

You think that's a rip off? Wait till you see what you pay for a full spec 15.6" Macbook pro. You pay £2,637.98.
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Re: Conspiracy, or just a PITA?
« Reply #23 on: April 18, 2012, 11:34:59 pm »
At that price .. I'll bet HP sell precisely NONE of those  :o
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Re: Conspiracy, or just a PITA?
« Reply #24 on: April 18, 2012, 11:38:06 pm »
I wish Acer would sell a laptop with a backlit laptop. Honestly that's the one thing I REALLY like about the Macbook/HP Envy. Other than that, they're both overly-priced pieces of tech for people with deep pockets.

The Macbook's keyboard is REALLY nice to touch, but then again I've always got my aluminum keyboard. :P
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Re: Conspiracy, or just a PITA?
« Reply #25 on: April 18, 2012, 11:42:29 pm »
Heh .. "shiney" grabbed your eyes again eh ;)

Still £600 for a bulb, and 1.4" of extra screen .. Nah.
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Re: Conspiracy, or just a PITA?
« Reply #26 on: April 18, 2012, 11:47:10 pm »
I'm pretty sure with some "DIY" I could have a neon-blue backlit keyboard. ;)
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Re: Conspiracy, or just a PITA?
« Reply #27 on: April 18, 2012, 11:50:10 pm »
Wouldn't surprise me if someone already sells em.
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Re: Conspiracy, or just a PITA?
« Reply #28 on: April 18, 2012, 11:58:03 pm »
Hmm... I may look into that!
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