Replacing backlights is as fiddly as it gets when you are swapping parts in a laptop. Getting the old light out without mangling the display entirely is no mean feat. You tend to expose the guts of the display to the atmosphere, and I can't imagine that does it much good. Your best bet is to find the same panel which has been cracked and remove the backlight from that one. This way, you get a practice run on a display which is already FUBAR. Don't go near any panels if you suspect the backlight too may be cracked, and don't crack one yourself since they contain mercury, and if you call environmental services, and they find the mercury levels in the room are too high, you will be sealing that room off with plastic until you have saved up the $2000 that it will cost to have the room decontaminated by professionals. This happened to someone the other day (reported on slashdot) when they broke a CCFL energy saver light bulb. Then there is the potential risk to your health. Mercury is not good for you. Just look at the mad hatter from Alice in Wonderland (hatmakers used to use mercury).
Well if the display blinks on and off when you move the lid back and forth, lighting up if you hold it "just right" its prob the cable. check it for visable signs of damage, particularly where it runs through the hinge assembly. Asuuming the screen does not light at all hold a lamp or flashlight to the screen, can you see a dim image? if so the LCD is fine its just not lighting up. You may find you need to purchase a replacement inverter to try before you can narrow down the problem further. Cheaper and easier than messing with the backlight and you can always return or re sell it if the inverter turns out not to be the problem.
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