The best way i can describe my problem is that my screen has went from normal to looking like a photo negative. white is now black and the opposite. peoples in photos are kind of highlighted (like a photo negative). if someone knows whats wrong, what should i do?
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Re: something happened to my monitor screen .
Sound like your screen is going out, it could also be the inverter. Could also be the video card, but not likely. Before you go to changing out any hardware, go into the device manager and un-install the monitor drivers. The hardware wizard should pickup the monitor automatically and reinstall the drivers. Then look for any driver updates at the Dell support site. If that does nothing then it's either the screen or inverter.
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You are describing too different types of problems, difficulty in seeing the screen and now it is gone black. The LCD screen will need to be replaced, I'am hoping the built in display light has failed and not the inverter board because you could end up changing the screen and the inverter board adding to the expence. Go to www.ebay.com type make and model of laptop, refine search to screen and inverterboard.
Try hooking it up to an external monitor (or LCD monitor) and see if the same thing happens (first attach a monitor then do a cold start). My suspicion (from the a's you described) is that the motherboard is bad - I call it garbage video. Toshiba dealers will probably charge too much for these replacements. If you're a DIYer or you know a reasonable shop that knows laptops, then eBay would be a good source for replacement boards.
The best way to begin the troubleshooting process for your problem is to connect your laptop to an external monitor. If you don't have one at home I hope you can ask a friend to allow your to use theirs for a few minutes.
With the laptop off, and the monitor off, connect your laptop to the external monitor. Next turn on the monitor. Finally, turn on your laptop and on one of the F keys in the row of keys above the regular keyboard letters should be one key that either shows what looks like a little monitor screen/screens or as on most Dells, one key will say CRT on it and it's usually the F8 key.
Hold down the fn key in the lower left hand corner and hit the F key as described above that's assigned to make you switch from the laptop screen to the external monitor.
If the monitor ahows what you'd normally see on your laptop screen, then you know that your laptop screen has worn out and needs to be replaced. If both screens are black then your problem is much more serious and the odds are greatest that your video card/controller on the motherboard has failed. For most laptop repair guys this means replacing the entire motherboard.
I sincerely hope the problem is the first one because it's the least expensive. If not, I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but then you at least know the truth of your situation. Also, a favor? If the worst case scenario, remember I didn't do it (grin) so please don't thrash my reating. I'm a professional laptop repair specialist just trying to lend a hand.
1. Your LCD screen is worn out or has internal lose connections.. 2. There is a heavy layer of dust inside your laptop which is to be removed using a soft vacuum cleaner.. there are other rare reasons like the keypad is loose and you might have to refix it by removing and blowing air onto it and fix it back..