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Black (non-usable) screen on 1/3 of entire computer screen

Black screen on 1/3 of computer screen

(it started as a different shade of blue--the background color) now turned to black and a bigger portion of the screen

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  • pedss5 Nov 12, 2007

    this is a Dell inspirion 9200 notebook

  • pedss5 Nov 12, 2007

    its a laptop computer and only 2 1/2 years old but out of warranty. any other suggestions or ways to troubleshoot the system.


  • pedss5 Nov 13, 2007

    thanks for your reply, but I only have a very old Gateway desktop. this problem is a laptop--can another monitor be added to this to check ?

  • pedss5 Nov 13, 2007

    I don't believe I have another "port" to connect an OLD monitor .

    Is there any kind of systems check to run to see if it is the video card? and how to you go about buying and replacing one? thanks

  • Anonymous Apr 10, 2008

    Dimension 3000

    Passed all computer test the monitor is still blank

    Use monitor on laptop works find



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I'm not sure what your trying to explain but I do know it is with the monitor.

Do you have another monitor at all?

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    Shawn Bowman Nov 13, 2007

    Use the other monitor trick. If the problem follows then its your video card which is most likely on board.

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    Shawn Bowman Nov 13, 2007

    BLUE VGA is the extra port.. and yes that is your laptop.

    As far as running test you can possibly download and run a generic test or take it to someone to test. I test all my customer's equipment before sending it back out to them.

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From what your saying, it may be that your monitor may be going bad and may need to be replaced.

I suggest calling dell and try to get your monitor fixed,
or you may buy a seperate monitor, just make sure it has a VGA port so that you may use the monitor.

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