Location: Orkney Islands, Scotland
Joined: May 2004
Probably not a lot of help, as my laptop is a Mac and therefore a law unto itself! At least yours will switch on! My laptop has a ribbon-connector from its guts to its screen. This seems to be broken or loose, because when I boot the damn thing up, I get no backlight and cannot see a thing. It takes an hour or so of waggling the lid to and fro to get it to the stage where I can log into it! I have had to take to storing it open when it's shut down, to remove its excuses for its serious misbehaviour!
Give yours a good blasting from a can of compressed air and see if that helps