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Screen is very faint

\015 I have a black screen with very faint background can just about see icons, had downloaded an upgrade from internet explorer and when I came back to it has been like this since\015

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First, try booting into system setup. That will require hitting F1, F2, F8, f10, esc or del when bootup starts. It varies by computer and you didn't identify yours. If setup is also dim, your backlight is bad and needs to be replaced.
You could still use the laptop with an external monitor but that is not a very portable option.
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