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> Zaurus SL-5500 Backlight Question
post Oct 25 2003, 03:37 AM
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I'm hoping someone can help me out - I just picked up a Zaurus SL-5500 on ebay and the backlight looks kind of dim to me. (I've definitely got it set on max in software.)

But here's where I really need some info: the right hand side of the unit clearly has a backlight running which illuminates the screen. I can see it when I look at the Zaurus on a diagonal. But the left hand side of the unit definitely does not have a backlight.

I'm wondering if, perhaps, the backlight on the left side has died? Can anyone tell me if their Zaurus SL-5500 is backlit from both sides or only one? I've googled but can't find any pictures of the Zaurus disassembled or any schematic diagrams.

Thanks!
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post Oct 25 2003, 04:45 AM
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Zauruz SL-5500 has a right side backlight only!! ^^ :?
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post Oct 25 2003, 12:03 PM
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the backlight on the 5500 isn't the brightest of backlights out there... escpecially compared to the c7x0 zaurus. it is trasreflective though, so you can use it in direct sunlight - fwiw

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post Oct 26 2003, 01:47 PM
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Technically the SL-5500 screen is only reflective and it only has a frontlight, not a backlight, which is why it works so well outdoors. (Transflective is both transmissive and reflective and so has a front and back light, giving it excellent brilliance indoors and also works outdoors)

The C7x0 on the other hand only has a transmissive screen, so only a backlight, but that means it doesn't work too well outdoors, yet is very bright indoors.
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post Oct 28 2003, 12:59 PM
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This has already been answered in the FAQ, thats why the screen is offcentered to the left, to allow room for the frontlight :
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