I own a Dell Inspiron 8200 which was purchased in 2002, and the images on the screen are starting to appear distorted. I think the problem might be with the graphics card(or could it be the video card)? Any help would be appreciated.
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Re: image problem with my notebook
Maybe you should install the VGA driver of your system, i can't find the model of your PC in dell website. Maybe you can find if you tell me the sxact model your PC or u can find driver here by suplying the service tag of your system.
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It can be 2 things: Or the screen is dying, or the graphics card is dying. Try to start up with an external screen and see if it still blinks. When its still blinking on the external screen, your graphics card is dying, if the external screen shows no issue, then your screen is dying.
Boot up with a Dell Recovery CD to format your hard disk and install a fresh copy of Windows on your laptop. If you do not have a Recovery CD for your model laptop then you can get one from the Dell WEB site. You can download the device drivers from Dell WEB site, the support download page. Make sure you select your model desktop or laptop, better still, type in the Service Tag number, it is printed on the label on the bottom of the laptop and on the back or sides of a desktop. (If the Service Tag label is missing then go into the BIOS setting and on one of the BIOS pages, the Service Tag number will be displayed). This will open the page where the specific drivers for your model computer are located. Also make sure you select the Windows of the drivers for your Windows operating system. Click on this link to download the drivers: - http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/index.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen
There are two ways to restore this machine to factory settings;
First is thru the Recovdery partition in the hard disk itself:
Close any windows currently open and click the Inspiron's "Start" button. Select "Shut Down" and choose the "Restart" option.
Tap "F8" when the Dell image appears on the screen. Continue tapping the key until the advanced boot menu loads.
Scroll down to "Repair Your
Computer" and press "Enter" to access the DataSafe local backup screen.
Click "Next." Select "Dell Factory Image Recovery and DataSafe options."
Click the "Restore without
preserving new or changed files" radio button and click "Next." Click
"Next" three more times and click "Restart" to restore the disk drive to
its original condition. Follow the on-screen prompts to set your
operating system settings.
If the hdd was already repartitioned or corrupted, the second option should work:
Insert the Dell recovery disk in
your Inspiron's optical drive and close the "AutoPlay" window when it
appears. Shut down any other open programs. Click "Start" and select
Tap "F2" as soon as the Dell
image appears on the laptop's screen. Scroll to the "CD-ROM" option and
press "Enter." Tap any key when you see the "Press any key to boot"
Press "Enter" when the setup screen appears. Press "F8" and highlight the Dell's hard drive partition. Press "Enter."
Follow the instructions on the
screen to choose the Inspiron's operating system options. Click "Finish"
and remove the recovery disk from the optical drive. Click "Start" and
Restart the computer. To do this, click Start, click the arrow next to the Lock button, and then click Restart.
As the computer restarts, press the F8 key until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears on the screen. Note: You must press F8 before the Windows logo appears on the screen. If you press F8 after the Windows logo appears, the Advanced Boot Options menu does not appear on the screen. If you do not see the Advanced Boot Options menu, restart the computer, and then repeat this step until you see the menu on the screen.
Press the (Down Arrow) to select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options menu, and then press Enter.
Specify the language settings that you want, and then click Next.
Log in as a user who has administrative credentials, and then click OK.
Click Dell Factory Image Restore.
In the Dell Factory Image Restore window, click Next.
Click to select the check box for Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition.
Click Next. The computer is restored to the default factory configuration.
When the restore operation is completed, click Finish to restart the computer.
I do this all the time with my ATI powered laptops... Right click the desktop, select properties, choose settings then
advanced. You should have 3 screens. Laptop, Monitor and TV (I only get
'multiple monitors' no matter what I try...) You must have it connected before it will allow you to 'activate it' Once its activated theres a place for you to click to make the s-video / tv output your DEFAULT... Keep in mind that with some media players (windows for example) the movie image will only appear on the default screen- the other screen will be blank. So if you are intending to record to your VCR make sure that your TV is the Default.