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Dark Grey Vertical Bar

A 1-1/2 inch vertical dark grey bar has shown up the full height of my display. Letters and pictures show thru it, it just enhances a 2-1/2 inch area vertically. Any clues?

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  • Larry Hackett Dec 31, 2008

    on my Dell x300 I have the same problem. 2" grey vertical bar on the screen - I can see through it. Driving me nutso..

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1. try connecting laptop to an external monitor and check if this vertical dark gray bar appears. if yes it means video is the problem. you need to boot in safe mode then uninstall the video driver. boot to notmal mode then download and install the latest video driver. if still same problem then replace video card. if video is built in with motherboard you need to replace motherboard.

2. when the vertical dark gray bar did not appear in the external monitor then it means issue is with the LCD panel. Do this turn off laptop. press and hold D key then press Power button at the same time or Press and hold on the Fn key then Power button check if the test will run. Color displays full screen when you keep pressing on N key when the colors appears check the vertical dark gray bar if still exist in the test, this means LCD panel and LCD cable needs to be replaced.

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