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Dell Vostro 1500 Repair manual and parts for backlight and inverter

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  • randyfoote99 Dec 12, 2009

    Joe - Thanks for your quick, informative response. I'll get the inverter and see if this fixes it. You also mention I cannot replace the backlight, but I am a little puzzled because when I went to eBay, I can find the CCFL backlight with wire harness for the Dell Vostro 1500 ($19.99). Is eBay wrong?



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You cannot replace the backlight. It is incorporated into the lcd panel and not available as a separate part. The inverter board is very easy to replace. It is located right behind the dell logo at the bottom centre of the display panel. Remove the screws on the front of the lcd bezel (under the rubber pads) and the inverter board is right there. Call 1-800-www-dell or look on ebay. Hope it's only the inverter board, as a new lcd panel is $350+. If the display is dead you can still use the laptop by connecting an external monitor to it.

Hope this helps!....let me know how you make out.

Posted on Dec 12, 2009


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1500 has dim screen. Switched screens with working 1500 and screen works as it should. Hooked up external monitor to bad 1500 and had good picture on monitor. So screen is fine. I have tried FN + ^ arrow...

Fn with ^ key? Why? The Display Toggle-Over key is the F8 key.
Fn key plus UP Arrow key is to increase the Brightness.

You hold the Fn key down, and tap once on the F8 key.

(Of course there are at least 3 display options available;
A) Laptop internal monitor ONLY.
B) Laptop internal monitor AND external display device.
C) External display device ONLY.

You may have to hold down on the Fn key again, and tap once more on the F8 key)

You switched LCD screens with a working one, and it works OK.

Reason is you also switched the screen Inverter, too. Correct?

The screen Inverter is mounted to an area at the bottom of the LCD screen, and behind the Display Bezel,

Click on - Service Manual (1817 KB)
It's a PDF file. The computer you are using now has Adobe Reader on it, which uses PDF files.
After you click on Service Manual, it may take up to 30 seconds, before the first page comes up.

Click on Display.

An LCD screen does Not produce light,

(Click on the monitor image)

It needs an additional light source.
A Backlight is the additional light source.

A Backlight can be a CCFL, (Or two of them); Or a series of LED's.
(Light Emitting Diode)

The Dell Vostro 1500 series of Notebook PC's, uses a single CCFL for a Backlight.

A CCFL is a Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp.
Similar to Fluorescent lighting used in homes, and businesses, but on a MUCH smaller scale.

Average thickness is -> 2mm. That is a little larger than 1/16th of an Inch.
Average length is almost as long, as the LCD screen is in height.

View the last 8 photos.

It is just like Fluorescent lighting used in homes, and businesses also, because it has MERCURY vapor inside.
HIGHLY toxic.

A screen Inverter is used to convert the power, (Electricity), from the laptop, for the LCD screen, and Backlight.

(NOTE* Does NOT apply to laptops that use LED backlighting.
There is NO screen Inverter used)

90 PERCENT OF THE TIME the fault is a bad screen Inverter.

Primer over.

Me? I would buy a screen Inverter, due to the low cost, and ease of accessing to replace, and replace it, and use the old LCD screen.

[ You did check Video Cable connections -> PHYSICALLY, (Try to plug in tighter), on the Video Cable motherboard side connection, LCD screen connection, and screen Inverter connection; correct?]

For additional questions, or to have me clarify anything I have stated above; please post in a Comment.


Nov 11, 2012 | Dell Vostro 1500 Notebook

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In my dellvostro a860 , rite side of the screen colours are spreaded,it it looks like shade,,whats the problem in that i m not getting please help me..........

It is the screen Inverter, or the LCD screen itself.

Screen Inverter: A small circuit board located behind the Display Bezel, and mounted towards the bottom of the LCD screen,

The yellowish long object, at the bottom, is the screen Inverter.

Here is another look at it,

Dell Support > Vostro a860 Notebook PC > Service Manual,

In the list clicking on -> Display, will get you to the first link above.

Need guidance in replacing the screen Inverter, post in a Comment.

(Just a basic guide using a Vostro 1014/1015 Notebook PC. Not yours, but good for basic guidance. This is replacing the LCD screen,

[ Primer:
An LCD screen cannot produce light by itself,

( Click on the small window with the monitor in it )

It needs an additional light source. A Backlight is the additional light source.
A Backlight can be a CCFL, (or more than one), or a series of LED's used as lights.

The Dell Vostro a860 Notebook PC uses one CCFL, for a Backlight, OR there are Vostro a860's that use LED lights.
(If you replace the LCD screen, make sure FIRST of what type of Backlighting it uses)

A CCFL is a Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp. Similar to Fluorescent lighting used in homes, and businesses, but on a MUCH smaller scale.

[Average thickness of a CCFL is 2mm. That is a little larger than 1/16th of an Inch.
Average length is almost as long, as the LCD screen is in height ]

A screen Inverter is used to convert the power from the laptop, for the Backlight, and LCD screen.

Most of the time the fault is the screen Inverter.

The Vostro a860 Notebook PC's, that uses LED's as a Backlight, MAY also use a screen Inverter.

Primer over.

For your problem it could be the screen Inverter, but I lean more towards the LCD screen itself, is the problem.

How to test a screen Inverter? Requires a very sensitive multimeter.
Read; Expensive,

For a layman who does not have access to a sensitive multimeter, the method is to just replace the screen Inverter, and see if it is the problem.
'Parts changing', I know, but if you do not have the proper equipment to test with?

Screen Inverter replaced, and problem still persists, replace the LCD screen,

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

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I have just replaced the hard drive on the Dell Vostro 1500 and re-installed Vista. The problem is now the system does not boot cleanly. It gets into an endless loop. I have tried the startup repair tool...

if you have a backup u can restore from a backup. if you don't then call dell if dell says they can't do anything about it then through the piece of **** away and get an hp because every dell product i have had has failed heres a list of dell products i have owned: dell pocket dj5,dell inspiron 1501,dell desktop 2400,dell latitude c600 (that was the worst dell product i have ever owned) and a dell printer. witch is just a lexmark printer with dell logo on it. take my advise and never buy a dell ther are the worst hard ware company i have ever had to deal with!!! i just stick with emachines and western digital,seagate (western digital and seagate are hard drive companies)

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Dell Vostro 1500 - just replaced a broken LCD screen. New screen is dim. I already checked color connections and screen brightness (FN up and down). How do I brighten my screen?

You are probably not going to like my answer but your new screen may have a bad Backlight or connection, that is what lights up the lcd panel. Check your connection at the inverter just to make sure, sometimes these connection can get reversed or get loose during the reinstall. I would take it back apart and check it from the main cable on the back all the way to the motherboard.

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Your unit uses a fluorescent backlight and an inverter to provide the high voltage for it. Considering that it varies in intensity, it isn't likely a failing fluorescent tube (these will mostly fail gradually and not recover) but rather the inverter and this is often a small separate board that is replaceable.

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Need to install a dell vostro 1500 LCD inverter

Are you good with a screwdriver? Here's a step by step procedure for replacing the LCD screen on a Dell 1500.
Is fairly easy, but be extremely careful of the ribbon cables, they break very easily!
Good Luck!

Jun 25, 2009 | Dell Vostro 1500 Notebook

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Screen dim

It could be both. But usually it's this order:

inverter, backlight, lcd, video card, lcd cable.

I always start by checking out the inverter first since it's the easiest as well.

The cheapest place to get a replacement is eBay for sure.

Best of luck!

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