Thanks for replying guys.
Richk, I agree it does act much like the "closed" sensor magnet. It is the backlight that is turning off - the picture is still being sent successfully to the screen, I assume this is what happens when you close the screen on a laptop?
Monck, unfortunately the VGA output on this laptop stopped working many years ago. I have a USB to VGA converter, the signal continues to operate at all times, whether screen is closed, within 45 degrees, or open to 180 degrees.
More information... it is not always the same angle at which the backlight turns off - sometimes it is nearly 90 degrees, sometimes it's only about 15 degrees. Also, the backlight doesn't turn off when I close the lid - maybe it's always been like that, but perhaps the "lid closed" sensor has come loose and is spinning around out of kilt maybe?
Any advice is appreciated, thank guys. Would be a shame to have to let go of this wonderful laptop due to something so small as this.
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