So first off, I know the 'best answer' for this whole question/thread is going to be "Buy a new laptop dumbass " so don't even both with that answer, because it won't be helpful. Anyway, I have this old laptop I bought before college, (circa 2004). Up until recently it ran fine, as best you could hope for after 4-5 years of wear and tear plus who knows how many downloads/viruses/whatnot. anywho, the lcd screen started acting funny last week and I can't fix it. All of a sudden, even when the computer was open, the screen would go to black, like I had closed it (I have the power settings set such that upon closing the laptop the screen turns off but the comp doesn't go to standby or anything. So, of course the first thing I try is close and open the laptop again. Tada, the screen turns on. But after a few seconds, bam, back to black. The computer is staying on while this is happening, but the screen is out. my knowledge of computer innards is slim, but me being the type of person that I am, I ripped the bad boy open seeing if there was any physical reason why the screen was blacking out (broken piece, etc.) I can't really find anything along that route, so my deduction is that it is something just a tad more complex than a broken button. does anyone have any suggestions on stuff I can play around with to try to see if it works? I'm planning on buying a new laptop or desktop soon anyway so I'm not all that concerned about that computer, I'd just like to be able to get the screen working for a little bit so I can take some music files off and stuff like that before I junk it. (i.e. I won't spend the time and money taking it to a repair shop). anyway, sorry for the long-arse question. For what its worth, its a Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop. btw, I still am going to try hooking a separate monitor into the back of the laptop to see if I can run the feed into something else, but I didn't have a cable to use tonight. I'll have one tomorrow to try, so i'll update with results from that test.