Odd LCD backlight delay at Statler startup

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http://crunchbanglinux.org – Newish to linux, so please bear with me.  After trying about a dozen distros, I'm now running #! Statler on an Acer Aspire One D260 netbook.  When I boot the computer, it takes about 30 seconds for me to see the login prompt on the screen.  However, at some point during my boot, after the #! splash screen, the screen goes dark (as if the backlight on the LCD was switched off), and I can vaguely make out the login prompt at about 17 seconds.To me that suggests my "boot time" is really only 17 seconds -  I can login even though the screen appears totally dark, (HowTos)