Question about Dell Inspiron 1200 Notebook
I have a Dell Inspiron 1200 when you power the computer on the screen will come on for a few seconds then go black again. I can see some faint shadows in the screen and it appears the computer never full boots up. An external connected monitor doesn't work either.
At first glance, I'd say "bad video/motherboard" ...however, when you hook up an external monitor, you also need to first switch into "external LCD" mode. On the Dell laptop, hit FN and F8 I believe to switch between LCD and external. It will go through several modes...LCD only, external only, neither, and both. Keep switching until you see something on the external.
If you never see output on the external, you've got a video/motherboard problem. If under warranty, contact Dell and place a support call.
If not under warranty, you're looking at anywhere from $200-$400 for a new motherboard, plus labor for someone to install it.
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Posted on Oct 02, 2008
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