Also look carefully at the side of the display.
Often with displays that don't have a backlight you can see under it all the way through
the long ways.
You're right, there is a gap all the way across between the lcd and the circuit board.
So there's no backlight. Now does that mean there is no EL backlight as well? I don't know the difference.
Or would I need to do something like this:
I think I got my answer here:http://www.mp3car.com/general-hardware-discussion/3432-el-backlight-inverter.html