My Dell inprion 1000 has been perfect, then one day the screen went blank and in a very short time after, a small box appered in the middle of the screen with about an inch margin around it. In the box there were colored lines running up and down. Now I can start it and it will do just fine for a short while then it happens again. I took it to a reair shop and in a very short time without even starting in up, was told it was the video chip and that it needed a new mortherboard, costing more than it was worth, might as well buy a new machine. I felt that they just didn't want to work on it.
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Do you get the Dell logo when first turned on? if yes this indicates hard drive trouble, but if there is no logo the problem will be motherboard, first remove one ram memory stick, if no change remove second piece and replace the first, no improvement it is time to have the motherboard assessed.
Go to the last page of troubleshooting in the manual and perform the system reset procedure. Basically hold the Wega "arrow up" as you manually switch the TV off. It will automatically switch back on and reset. I had only vertical colored lines on the screen, with audio but no response to any remote control functions. The rest worked perfectly.
Try another monitor, then change the graphics settings to lowest possible, then reboot the PC, and see if your screen works again, if it does, check the documentation for your monitor and make sure you do NOT exceed the maximum color depth / resolution for your monitor, also, make sure not to exceed the refresh rate.
if this does not fix your monitor issue, check the cables for missing pins, freyed wireing / broken insulation.
Again, if this doesn't fix your problem, try the monitor on another PC, and if still a no-go, you may have a damaged inverter board in your monitor, or other componant / wire based issue.
If another monitor doesn't work on your computer, try swapping the graphics card out, it could very well be a dieing graphics card.
do me a fovor, i need your firmware version? to do this, press Input 619. in the center of the bottom of the screen, is three digits 5?.? please provide me with these numbers. you may just need firmware updates.