Gateway Laptop screen light flickers on and off

By Rustycoconutz
Dec 21, 2008
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  1. My laptop screen night now flickers on and off. I always gotta move my screen around to make it so it wont be dark and i can see what I am doing. I think it might be a lose connection? I don't know. Can someone please help me? Thank you
  2. rev_olie

    rev_olie TechSpot Maniac Posts: 598

    I would blame it on a loose cable however i'm sure there was one series of the Gateway notebooks that had a manufacturing problem with recall? don't quote me on that though.

    Without a number of the laptop ie Dell Inspiron 1501 i can give you specific instructions but see if your is in this list here and have a look at the instructions. Some may be similar. If not post back with the model number and we can help you more
  3. adweston

    adweston Banned Posts: 333

    If you tap it up near the top of the screen, at the back, does it do the flickering thing?
  4. Rustycoconutz

    Rustycoconutz Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I'll defainetly check it out. Thanks! And When I tap on the back of the screen, on the back it doesnt do the flickering thing
  5. adweston

    adweston Banned Posts: 333

    Ok.. Then you probably have a cable issue. Down at the bottom there's one cable coming in from the laptop body. It splits once it's inside the LCD panel. One part goes to the inverter, which from there goes to a two wire connection to power the panel, the other half goes up to a circuit board at the top of the LCD panel. It's more typical for that pcb to go faulty than the cable, but I HAVE seen cables go faulty (and short out motherboards, incidentally.. I recently did a Compaq repair where that happened).
  6. dadesina08

    dadesina08 Newcomer, in training

    the same thing is happening to my gateway laptop and did u ever figure out what the problem was?

    my white light in the back of gateway laptop were flicker for a while then it completely went off can u help me?
  7. adweston

    adweston Banned Posts: 333

    If you can still see a faint image in the right light, your backlight went. Replace the screen (it's not worth trying to replace backlights). If there's no picture at all, your inverter went. Replace it instead.
  8. Rustycoconutz

    Rustycoconutz Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    i never figured out the problem
  9. dadesina08

    dadesina08 Newcomer, in training

    how much does it cost to replace the screen an do you know were i could do it for cheap
  10. adweston

    adweston Banned Posts: 333

    I don't know where you can get it for cheap. We do them for $299 (canadian) installed.. Mind you, that's brand new with warranty.. It's cheaper for a used one. It wouldn't be worthwile to send it to us after shipping, etc though. Maybe a local vendor can do it for you.
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