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Screen goes blank then makes a grinding noise then resumes

Everyonce in a while (once a day or so) my screen will just go blank, then the grinding noise starts for a minute or two, and the working swirly circle (the one that is like the former hourglass) appears then it all goes back to what I was doing. I do not have to restart or reboot. Should I be concerned?

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  • woznickim Jan 27, 2009

    Thanks for the advice, I will make note of exactly what I am doing the next time it happens, but I can say that it does not come up with any error msgs, and I only use my laptop for internet and documents, spreadsheets, etc. I rarely use the cd/dvd drive. The grinding seems to come from the left side as opposed to the right where my cd/dvd loads. As soon as it happens again, I will post what programs I am using at the time. Thanks again

  • Celenous May 11, 2010

    Yes you should be concerned. Are there any error messages that come up before and or after? Have you identified any specific scenerios that cause the issue? Like you are burning a cd/dvd, watching a movie, etc. Can you identify where the noise is coming from the cd/rom perhaps? If it is still under warranty I would send it back to dell. Please try and capture or write down what happens the next time you hear the noise and or your screen goes blank. Note what you were doing before this happens, what programs were running,



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I just ran a diagnostic tool on it and restarted

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