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Fuzzy display on LCD and External Monitor

When I boot up, the display is full of colored rectangles and lines popping in and out. The text is hardly visible. This happens on both the LCD display and the external monitor display. It did clear occasionally for an active window while remaining fuzzy in other screen views. I can't see text clearly enough to read it.

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It sounds like you may have an updated driver that doesn't work with your machine. boot into SAFE mode. on a dell it is hitting the Del button for most of them as it is booting up. then choose safe mode. For other dells it is F1 or F2 you just keep hitting the button while its booting up until you hear it start to beep at you. then look for safe mode. while in safe mode you can then change the driver, but for those specifics you have to go to dells web site. http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/quicktest?c=us&l=en&~ck=mn

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Sounds like you need a new video card. Thank goodness you were able to retrieve your data. The new USB flashsticks are great for backups.
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SOURCE: screen now is pale green and print is fuzzy

Actually, it might not be the inverter. I've seen this sort of color fault simply because of a bad wire on the monitor's connection to the video card(or a slipped wire, in some cases.) Do you know if the monitor is using a VGA-based connection? Obviously, it will not be a 15 pin D-type plug, but it will likely be of a similar architecture, and if any one wire gets damaged or disconnected, it can severely alter the way your display comes through(specifically, coloration. I've seen it simply make a monitor dimmer and more beige, I've seen it turn a display green(like your issue))

The trouble is, with this, is that you're not gonna find a replacement laptop monitor cable at your local radio shack. However, you Might be able to order the part from Dell, if your product is out of warranty, for a small fee(I know that HP will usually sell you the part, as will Hanns-G). Before you do this, test the continuity of all of the wires in the cable, to determine that there is in fact a fault there.

Good luck!

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SOURCE: Laptop monitor bad color and flickers continuely, but when attached to external monitor, works fine

I'm going to take an educated guess here, because it sounds like the monitor's interface controller is bad. I forgot the name of the thing, but it's a small circuit board that's normally located at the bottom of the panel frame, between the flat ribbon cables and the round hinge cables.


"Inverter Board"

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1: Resolving Laptop LCD Lines,
Fuzzy, Color, or Blurry Issues

Verify that the BIOS and Video drivers are the latest available from Support.Dell.Com Website, for more information refer to Dell Knowledge Base article, "How to Use the Drivers and Downloads Website"


Test the LCD in the System Setup (BIOS).
To enter the computer BIOS Setup Screen perform the following steps:
At the first text on the screen or when the Dell logo appears, tap <F2> until the message Entering Setup appears.
Note:
Some older Dell computers use an alternate key sequence instead of to enter System Setup. These key sequences include:
<Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Enter>
<Delete>
<Fn>+<F1> (laptop computers only)
<Fn>+<Esc> (laptop computers only)
If you observe the same issue on the setup screen, it is not an issue with the Operating System, it is a hardware issue, Contact Technical Support/font>.


Run the Laptop Built-In Self-Test (BIST).
To run the Built-In Self-Test perform the following:
Turn the computer off.
Press and hold the D key while pressing the power button. This will start the BIST.
The screen will display multiple flashing colors. Look for lines, distortion, or any other video issues you have observed.
The laptop will restart when the test is finished.
Click the following link to see an English-only video of this test How to Run LCD BIST Video .

If the LCD BIST passes, proceed to Step 4, otherwise Contact Technical Support.

For information on Beep Codes/Error Codes refer to Dell Knowledge Base article, Pre-Boot System Assessment (PSA) Diagnostics and Error Codes For Dell Computers

Connect to an external monitor (if available), for the different types of external monitor ports that may be available on your computer refer to (Figure 1).


Display Port
Display Port is a new digital standard for connecting monitors to computers and has the capability to provide a scalable digital display interface with optional audio and high-definition content protection (HDCP) capability. Display Ports usually resemble USB Ports with one side angled.
A Display Port cable should be used if Display Port connectors are available on both the computer and the monitor.

DVI
Digital Video Interface (DVI) is the digital standard for connecting monitors to computers. DVI connections are usually color-coded with white plastic and labels.
DVI cables provide a higher quality signal than VGA cables. A DVI cable should be used if DVI connectors are available on both the computer and the monitor.

VGA
Video Graphics Array (VGA) is the analog standard for connecting monitors to computers. VGA connections are commonly color-coded with blue plastic and labels.
A VGA cable should be used if DVI connectors are not available on either the monitor or the computer.


Once it's connected, press and hold down the FN and press F8, this should display the screen on the external monitor.

When the external monitor does not work or you did not have one to test with, Contact Technical Support.

When the external monitor does work it may be an issue with the Operating System. Verify that all the drivers are the latest available from Support.Dell.Com Website, for more information refer to Dell Knowledge Base article, "How to Use the Drivers and Downloads Website". When that does not fix the issue the Operating System may need to be reinstalled, for more information refer to Dell Knowledge Base article, "How To Restore or Reinstall Microsoft Windows on a Dell Computer".


Check for visible damage to the LCD. To identify any damage not visible to the ***** eye, ensure you run LCD BIST on the system (refer to Step 3).

If the LCD has damages which is not covered by any applicable statutory warranty, limited hardware warranty and/or Dell-branded service, including Complete Care / Accidental Damage service, there may be a cost incurred by you for the replacement of parts.

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Hi,

When you start up the laptop, tap the F2 or F10 key like a piano in four four time and see if you do not get a bios setup screen, sometimes called a System Setup Screen. If you do post back to me as soon as you can and await my instructions, but basically you want to page through the setup screens until you find a setting for the external display default. Change this back to the laptop panel. It is probably set to an external display monitor or LCD panel.

On your keyboard are special keys you are probably familiar with. These are used in conjunction with the Fn key. To activate an external monitor and turn off your LCD display, you would press the Fn key + the F key that has an icon on it in the same color as the Fn keytop. The icon for the external monitor looks something like this |O| with the circle here being replaced by a rectangle. Often this is just replaced with two rectangles, one filled with shade one not. The F Key is almost always the F5 key.

To test this, start your computer, then press the Pause key. Then press the Fn key plus F5 or which ever key it was that you found with an icon as I attempted to desribe.

My guess this is what has happened, the alternate external display is activated and this needs to be changed. Sometimes you have to go into the System setup pages and tell the laptop you are on the Panel display by default and not the external monitor, otherwise you will have to press the Fn key sequence every time you boot.

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