T60-2623-D​6U Screen reddish for a few seconds when activated

In the last couple of weeks, I've noticed that my LCD is noticably reddish when first activated,
returning to normal hue within 15 seconds or so.  Based on my research I assume that either the lamp or the inverter
is about to go.  What I would like to know is which is the most likely to be bad, and what are the costs
for replacing each of these typically?  Also, how likely is it that it will fail very soon?
I know a good local shop that could likely do the repair.  I know this machine
is getting long in the tooth, but I can't afford a machine of equivalent quality right now and performance-wise
I have no problem with this machine.  Currently I mostly use an external monitor and keep the lcd off to
reduce the risk of failure.
Ian
T60 Model 2623-D6U
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It's the CCFL (backlight) going bad - nothing else will give out the infamous "red hue" on startup.
How long will it last? No one can say...my guess would be anywhere from three months to a year.
You can probably pick up a good used screen for $50-60...swaping the bulb itself is a major pain and most people end up destroying the panel in the process.
Good luck.
Cheers,
George
In daily use: R60F, R500F, T61, T410
Collecting dust: T60
Enjoying retirement: A31p, T42p,
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