I've read through some posts in the forum and realised that a few people have the same or similar problems to what I'm experiencing. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any solutions.
Everything works fine on the laptop apart from the display which is so dark that the only way I can see it is by shining a light on it. The problem occured the night before I went away for 2 weeks so I can't remember anything that I did that may have caused this problem.
On start up, the windows logo flashes up at normal brightness and then the screen goes to its dark state. I'm not much of a pc expert so I wouldn't know where to start with disconnecting internal hardware or anything.
At the moment I've got my laptop connected up to an external monitor and the display is fine. Changing the brightness on my laptop doesn't change the brightness of the display at all. Any help would be much appreciated.