While no expert on Dell per se, I have plenty of laptop experience, and
you are describing the worst possible scenario.
My first guess is that the LCD itself is dead, the Drawing on the LCD is
done with the electronics in the screen and its unlikely to be repaired.
IF flexing the screen makes it come and go a repair may be possible. But
normally the cost of the parts makes repair uneconomic and replacement
is cheaper. UNLESS you can find one for spares on trademe with a working
second option, the motherboard needs replacing . don't even go there,
but see above outcome .
Trademe for parts - not likely based on age, or a new laptop. with a
new better replacement in the $800-$1200 range. repair is not likely to
be economic. Of course with an external monitor the laptop can still be
used as a desktop, or survive with the screen.
if flexing, opening or closing the screen makes the fault come and go it
might be repairable as this tends to indicate the cable between the LCD
and the MB is at fault, or a dry joint has occurred on the LCD driver -
But reading the screen description, It doesn't seem right
My Ibook did this some time back, and I had to get a replacement screen
on trademe. This did fix the fault and I again have a working laptop.
But normally, its not worth doing as the machines age so quickly anyway.
Good luck with that
Chris O'Halloran wrote:
A friend has a Dell Inspiron Laptop that is now out if its warranty period.
The screen has become slightly distorted in the sense that there are now two
vertical bars about 2 inchs wide each spaced apart by about 1 inch from the
centre. There "bars" are simply the screen image overexposed, ie noticably
whiter than the rest of the screen but you still legible.
I was wondering if anyone might care to comment on the prognosis. Can it be
repaired and is that likely to be economical?
Thanks for any comments.
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