black screen - Toshiba notebook - boots fine with external monitor

By cc5916
Jan 22, 2006
Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. So my 2 year old satellite screen appears "dead". The system boots fine (XP) and I can see everything when attached to external monitor.

    Is this video connection? screen? other? where should I have this repaired? THanks.
  2. pcaceit

    pcaceit Newcomer, in training Posts: 405

    Tricky........

    Are you sure that you have not accidently switched to mode where your laptop is only displaying to external monitor. you should find instructions in handbook. See if both external monitor and Main screen show up on display properties, make sure you know how to switch back to your external monitor if it does not automatically find and display on external monitor first.

    if the default monitor montor setting is not the problem then your screen has failed and you will need to have your screen replaced. if you still have warranty then send it back to manufacturer or where you purchaced it from.

    No warranty? then take to local computer shop, (shop around dont just go to PC World or major outlet)
    Laptop displays are very expensive.
  3. cc5916

    cc5916 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Update

    Thanks - the reason I hooked up the external monitor is because the screen was black - I did check the manual - I'm OK. I read somewhere that if the screen is totally black - it isn't a screen problem - something inside the laptop?
  4. Shadowrunner

    Shadowrunner Newcomer, in training Posts: 149

    Ive seen this one before. You're screen's fukt...
  5. loupegarou

    loupegarou Newcomer, in training Posts: 47

    just to check

    Did you try the function key plus the key used to change from external?
  6. skarmory2002

    skarmory2002 Newcomer, in training Posts: 87

    I had this same problem with my laptop once. I hooked it up to an external monitor and entered the bios. I found the monitor settings, and it was set to CRT instead of LCD (laptop monitoras are LCD screens) so I changed it back to LCD, and it worked fine from tthen on. Check that out and see if there is a difference.
Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.


Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...


Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.