Hi there. I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 and the display is very faint. But you can just about see it if you shine a tourch on it. I replaced the inverter with a new one, but that did not cure it. It feeds to an external monitor perfectly, and doing this I have reinstalled Windows xp pro with no problems. So I presume the laptop is working correctly, and the screen is not damaged, as everything functions as it should, apart from the display. Any ideas or help would be really great, as other than using it permanantly linked to an external monitor, (bit of a problem with portability...lol), it is a great laptop. Many thanks in advance. Deevie.