Strangely broken monitor?!

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So, I have an old Sony laptop (Windows XP), and it's broken and I'm completely lost on how to fix it. I've really never seen anything like it. When I turn it on, everything is working just fine, except for the monitor. The monitor won't light up, and it's black, YET, if I shine a light on it I can see the desktop. It's as if it still has the monitor but it's lost all of it's brightness. I tried turning up the brightness, but to no avail. I troubleshooted it, and it couldn't find anything wrong. Has anybody in recorded history ever experienced something like this, and if so, how do I fix it?!

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This is a problem with:
1. screen backlight that shines light through the screen
2. inverter that supplies power to the backlight

None of these things can be fixed by the average home user. I suggest you find a qualified repair shop and have them give you an estimate.

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