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Often when i turn on dell inspiron the screen stays black

I hear the start up tune and things seem to be working but the screen shows absolutely nothing. If i turn off at the mains it will often work again (about 50% of the time) Is the hard drive broken? The lap top is 10 months old and works well otherwise.

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When problems such as this occur it is important to backup all your critical data to a network, online service, external drive or USB drive.
From the limited information provided your problem could be a hardware or software cause.
If you have not as yet called the Dell Support line, do so now. After they take you through a lengthy list of their problem-solution process they may provide you with an RMA which will let you return the unit to them to repair or replace your unit. Consider yourself lucky that the problem occurred while still under warranty.

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