What make? What model? I believe it is possible in some laptops from research I've done on the web recently. I however have an old Gateway Solo 9100, in which it's impossible and a new LCD panel is the only answer. You might try taking it apart (as Proinnsias did mine, in my kitchen recently) to see if it is realistically possible to separate backlight from LCD.
A quick google for "<laptop name & model> LCD" works wonders.
Alternatively, as Kevin suggested, place a source of light behind the LCD
panel (which by this time you'll have carefully removed from casing).
btw, a 14.1" LCD panel appears to be about $450 + shipping from USA.
Joe Desbonnet [23/07/01 17:07 +0100]:
> Anyone know anything about laptop LCD backlights. It would seem mine is gone
> (not sure if its something on the motherboard or a failure of something in
> the panel itself -- but I'm pretty sure its not a software "issue").
>> Before I crack open my (otherwise perfectly functioning) laptop does anyone
> know if these backlights are replaceable parts (probably not) or if there are
> any tricks to make the LCD more visible in the absence of a backlight.
>> Been getting a bit of a pain in my back from lugging around a 15" CRT in my
> coat pocket over the last few days :)
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