Question about Dell Inspiron 8200 ATI 64MB Video Card - 4U284 Graphic Card
Lcd cable need to purchase another one on ebay fixes mines all the time
Posted on May 29, 2008
How old is the laptop? I have an Inspiron 8200 that does NOT travel - sits on a desktop. Elsewhere on the web people have complained the problems start at about 3-4 years. After 5 years mine has just started to have display problems (geometric color patterns or lines of blue, sometimes green, sometimes pink).
Local repairman says it's the display card OVERHEATING. He reseated the card and it worked fine - for a day. Then it went out again. Long term HEAT may be taking it's toll on these cards. Dells "refurbished" replacement card is $201. Others on the web are $75-$150. Becareful buying a replacement: my original is a ATI Radeon 9000 - can't find it anywhere. Nvidia GeForce4 440Go is available, but elsewhere on the web said to be less reliable. Then there's the problem of getting a supplier to tell me if "NEW" means never used, or pulled from a new laptop, or refurbished, or used, but tested. Good luck
Posted on Mar 11, 2008
It is possible, judging by that fact that pressing down temporarily fixes it, that the video cable for the screen (I'm assuming this is a laptop?) has come loose. Pull off the keyboard and try reseating the cable, that may help.
Posted on Jan 19, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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So the trick when troubleshooting graphic problems is to determine if it is the LCD or the video card. The easiest way is plug in an external monitor to the notebook, if the external monitor shows the picture fine then the problem is with the LCD.
If the external monitor has the same problem then it is a problem with Windows / video drivers or with the video card itself.
That test ofcourse requires having an external monitor, if you don't have one then the diagnostics can help. The key to running diagnostics is to run the BIST test. Run diagnostics by starting the system while holding down the FN key or by tapping the F12 key and choose diagnostics. Allow the basic tests to start, after a moment you may notice a video test running, allow it to run and it will ask if it looked ok, you should choose no, this will start the BIST. What happens is that once the BIST starts the video signal is actually generated by the LCD and not the video card. So if you noticed the graphic problems while running normal diagnostics, you selected no, the graphics test didn't look good, the LCD would create its own signal, so if all of a sudden the image started looking good, with no problems that implies that the problem is with the video card, while if the picture still looked bad and had the same problems the LCD is defective.
So the questions that should be asked, are as follows:
While running the video test it will ask if the display looked alright. You chose no, the BIST started, did you still notice the vertical lines?
You tested with an external monitor, did the vertical lines go away?
If you answered yes to these three questions then the problem lies with the LCD. If you answered no to the questions then the problem lies with the video card.
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