Been checking Ebay and a new ribbon is about £12
*edit* I wasnt sure if it was the backlight.
Did a test with the laptop on and shined a light on the screen. couldn't see an image. So I'm guessing the backlight should be ok?
The screen looked grey/white with the laptop switched on
If this was a desktop I could test the screen with another PC
Most of these models have had mainboard or heating issues after 2/3 years.
I think this is going to be retasked as a very slim PC in my sisters room.
I have 2 options
1 - Wallmount a spare LCD monitor, buy/obtain a spare USB keyboard and have this as an additional "slimline"/portable PC
2- Buy the £12 bit and try and fix it in