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Inspiron 1000 - screen problem


My old inspiron 1000 has developed an odd fault. It just will not boot either on mains nor battery. I have taken it apart and found that if the LCD screen is disconnected from the motherboard it boots fine ( checked with external screen) As soon as the lcd panel is re-fitted it fails to boot again.

Any ideas how to repair?

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  • skullster Oct 24, 2008

    Thanks Helpfullguy I guess thats what I thought. Although before this happened the screen was working fine then a few times the screen came on then it powered off then just wouldn't come on. I'll remove all the cables and connectors and re-seat them then try again - otherwise its on e-bay for parts - shame as it has a new batter as well!

  • skullster Nov 02, 2008

    Thanks lobobs but the problem seems to bt if the LCD connector on the motherboard is plugged in. If its in iot will not even boot if its out and on external display all is well.

  • skullster Nov 03, 2008

    Hi All

    I have fixed the old girl! After stripping down the lcd panel it seemed that where the thick cable was inserted into the connector at the top of the back of the LCD panel that one side was not really in as far as the other. I pulled off the cable and re-inserted the connector then stuck back down the cable. I lso checked all other connectors. When I applied power it only started up! Oddly once I had put it back togeather it refused to boot but this time the num lock and scroll lock key remined lit and power still went to the processor. The fix for this was removing the DVD drive
    Then she booted again. So I re-inserted the drive ithout the lock screw and she still live. Now trying to install Ubuntu but the drive sounds alike a bag of nails. Just picked up another 1000 on e-bay for £50 (faulty) but is complete apart from RAM so Ill have spares to play wuith to hopefully keep her running a bit longer. Thanks everyone who helped.



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I have had the same problem, but now i have solved it. there is a peice of aluminum tape on the ground boss that is extruding too far out over the pc board. this is located where the left lcd (screen) mouting is. when you move screen it makes contact to the pc board. that is why if you take out lcd mounting screws it may work ok. this tape is between top and bottom covers. I had mine all apart when I saw this. You may be able to see this if you take the shield off under the keyboard. if you can maybe you can trim it back so it won't touch pc board. Also you may have to replace on/off switch. i did because it was intermittent from been pushed so much. That requires complete disasemble.

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Wow... That is a strange error. If, when the LCD is unplugged, it works, and when it's plugged in, it doesn't even power on, the only thing it could be is the LCD.

Without looking at it, it's hard to be 100%, but it sounds like there is a short somewhere in the LCD panel causing the issue. Unfortunately, unless you have a spare LCD lying around, it's probably not worth repairing (LCD's can cost between $70-$200 from eBay and other equivalents)

You can go through with a digital multimeter on all the connectors and see which one isn't correct but that's only easy if you took a 3 year digital circuits class in College like I did.


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