Thanks a lot for this awesome troubleshooting thread. I am having this same issue, I can see the image on the monitor, but it is very dim. I think the pictures you have posted would be extremely helpful in assisting me in opening it up to determine the cause. Maybe I will go ahead and give it a shot. I am considering just going ahead and buying a new laptop. Do you think this would be a good place to shop? 613-742-7233 Thank you.