Can I interchange CCFL bulbs between different laptops?

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So I have an HP Pavilion DV2000 and an old Toshiba Satellite whose screens do not work any longer.

The Toshiba has a cracked backlight. The DV2000...well I'm not sure if it's the inverter or the backlight. I know the LCD panel works fine; I can see what's on the screen if I shine a very bright light up to it. I took it apart and readjusted things and found that the HP screen worked fine for about 20 minutes. Then it randomly died. And every once in a while, the screen works for a few minutes, and then dies. Lately it hasn't worked at all.

Anyways, I'd like to take the bulb out of the HP and put it in the Toshiba to see if the bulb is still good. It's been used for well under 50,000 hours, so I think it's okay, but I'm just wanting to be sure. The only problem is that the backlight plugs are different on the HP and Toshiba. These are not pictures of mine, but they will give you an idea:

So I'm assuming the inverters are each putting out a different voltage. Or maybe they're not, I'm not sure. Anyways, I'm wondering if I could cut off the plug and solder the other one on, so I could just interchange them to see if it works or not.

Is this possible? Is it a good idea?

Any help is appreciated, thanks in advance!

Wrichik Basu

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It's surely possible, but whether it's a good idea is debatable. It's generally not advisable to use the components of one laptop of a certain make in another if a different make. Since both of your laptops seem to be faulty in one way or the other, you can take the risk of doing what you've said. But if things go up in fire, don't be surprised, and take necessary precautions.

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