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If you get the boot image on your screen then you screen is working correctly unless there's something that you not explaining. You can try an ext. monitor if you think it is something related to your LCD screen not woring during boot up. If the ext monitor not showing your laptop to boot then you have problem with your OS and may need to get it repaired or restored.
First of all, check that the laptop is set to output video to the LCD. There should be a function key which will determine whether it is outputting video to the built-in LCD, the external monitor, or both. That should be holding down your "FN" key and hitting "F8." If it is on CRT ONLY, it should switch within 1-2 keypresses.
Secondly, take a good bright flashlight and shine it directly at the LCD panel from about 1-2 inches away. If you can actually see the graphics on the screen faintly in the background, your backlight is not turning on. The backlight is literally a bulb which lights up the screen, and they can burn out. It is repairable, and shouldn't cost more than $150.00 from a reputable repair shop.
Check your backlight settings, Power Settings, etc.....
You may have Vista (vista has other power settings such as a custom sleep mode which can fail sometimes to work properly with some hardware/monitor configurations).
So Disable any unconventional Hibrid Hibernation options k!
it sounds like your most likely having trouble with the hibernate feature try this
start>>control panel>>power options>> click on the hibernate tab un check enable hibernate mode
this should fix your issue
Sounds like your CFL tube or the inverter than powers the CFL tube have died. It is something that a standard dell warranty would cover, first go to www.support.dell.com click on warranty information in the upper left hand side of the screen, then click on "Warranty Status" It will prompt you for your "Service Tag" which can be found on the underside of the laptop on a small oblong sticker about 1/4 inch wide and 3 1/2 inches long. If your able to veriy that your warranty is in good standing you can chat (recommended) or call into technical support explain that 1.) there is an image on the screen BUT theres no backlight so you cant quite make it out. 2.) A known good External monitor works just fine so you know its not the videocard itself. If however you have no warranty, you could buy a Replacement Monitor assembly from Dells Spare Parts department 1-800-357-3355 Or purchase a replacement inverter for around $20-$50 (just google Dell E1705 Inverter) but that would require the ability to A.) replace the inverter assembly on your own B.) Hire someone to replace it. your final option would be to buy a replacement panel from a third party, which usually costs somewhere around $150-$250 dollars depending on what you buy, and that is actually a pretty simple thing to replace once you get around the intimidation factor. Be sure you check your warranty first, you could save yourself alot of blood sweat and tears by doing so.
Good Luck! (if you have any problems with Dell and you have a warranty let me know)
I dont believe that you can hook that model up to a TV you have to have a certin video output and it also would depend on your tv as well. But i am about 100% sure that series does not have the output you need you usally can connect via S-cable