I think something changed in maybe the Linux core which has broken Ubuntu and practically every other Linux install on my laptop.
The problem is that suddenly the back-light doesn't work when I run Ubuntu. This means that I can faintly see the Ubuntu login screen but as the screen isn't emitting light its impossible to use.
There is a way I can use it. If I jump into the - grub? - menu when pressing shift on start up I can choose a previous version of Linux / Ubuntu and it all runs fine. Unfortunately... without doing that it doesn't work.
I have tried a variety of installs including Kubuntu - I thought this had a different display or GUI thing but no dice.
Has anyone heard of this happening to other people? Is there a fix around?
Its an emachines E525 laptop.