Just a quick question before he scraps it.Screen packed in so he used an external monitor which worked for about 6 weeks and that has also stopped working. Is there anything simple that may have caused it and with the price of laptops being so cheap is he just cheaper buying a new one. Laptop is about 3-4 years old running Vista.Make and model not known at this time. Not knowing a great deal about computers I was thinking the back light has packed up or maybe just a graphics problem. What it would probably cost in repairs would go a long way to buying a new one.