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My alienware area-51 m15x notebook has a flashing screen (flashes between gray and black about every second) when i start it up

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Hello and thank you for using Fixya.

This may be an indication that either the video graphics card or the inverter (backlight) is failing.

If you have a warranty on the machine, I urge you to send it in immediately and take advantage of the repairs.

If you do not have a warranty, then you will need to replace the video graphics card or the Inverter.

To test and see exactly which it is:

Connect an external monitor to the laptop. If you see the flashing screen, gray and black, then it is the video graphics card. These are a bit expensive in the Alien ware laptops but I would recommend searching for a replacement of eBay as you can save more there.

If the external monitor is completely fine and shows no signs of flashing or gray and black, then the inverter is going out. The inverter is an incandescent lamp that sits in the back of the screen. When it goes out, it will flash or dim to a point where you will not be able to see anything on a screen but will be able to see on the monitor,. I have always recommend to my customers that we just purchase a new screen for under $5.00 from eBay and replace. You may want to consider changing the inverter or having a technician do this for you as, like I said, the Alien ware screen is much more expensive.

Hope this helps!

Jennifer

Posted on Dec 09, 2009

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