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Dell Inspiron 8500 - Screen stays lit on initial boot

When I switch my laptop on, the screen lights up bright white, and the 3 lights flicker for a bit, then stay lit. Could this be a problem with my hard drive or motherboard? What should I do to remedy this?

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  • Derekevan13 Dec 18, 2007

    Do you think this is something I should attempt myself or give to a repair shop?

  • Derekevan13 Dec 18, 2007

    Do you think this is something I should attempt myself or give to a repair shop?

  • donline Mar 15, 2008

    screen stays black or white, sometimes with something that looks like a "test pattern", never any text or logos, sometimes the windows login sound plays. can not tell if it boots or not. likely vedio card? or hard disc? or what?

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You can replace the video card on these Dell 8500 Laptop's.Heres how:

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Posted on Mar 29, 2008

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From what you describe its a video problem i dont remember if those have on board video if so you will need a mother board

Posted on Dec 08, 2007

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    james kilgore Dec 19, 2007

    i think you can handle it.

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