I got a parts/repair computer off Ebay for $20 to support my fleet of Toshiba CL45's. After a BIOS reset, I found that the computer worked except for the LCD panel's LED backlight. The screen was dark, but if you shined a flashlight at it you could tell the screen was working. Plus, it put out a working HDMI signal to a TV set. There is little to no info on repairing these, so I was about to start swapping LCD screens with another laptop to isolate the problem. Finally I found this Russian guy's video at
which gave me just enough info to determine that my LCD panel had a tiny blown SMT fuse on the 19V side which powers the LED backlight array. A bit of multimeter probing, a tad of soldering and I'm back in business now. BTW, used replacement panels are available for most computers for $40-60. I wonder if many "bad" panels simply have a 2-cent blown fuse. If so, this problem is just as significant as the bad capacitor issue that makes people throw out TVs and monitors after 3 years. Never say die!
"When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."
- Pablo Picasso