Yesterday, my Dell Inspiron 1545 refused to start. Ran "Startup Repair" twice and was finally able to see my desktop, but only very, very dimly with a bright light shining on it. After several attempts was able to do a System Restore. Didn't fix the black screen. Microsoft worked for over three hours, couldn't find anything wrong from their end. When I first turn it on, the Dell logo is bright, then half a second later, goes dark, barely visible. If it sits awhile and goes into screensaver mode, I touch the keypad and the screen lights up for half second, then dark again. Microsoft gave up. They want me to ask Dell if this is a known hardware problem. Out of warrantee, so no free questions. Can anybody help me? Would be so grateful.