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Dell Inspiron 1150 - No Screen

My granddaughter had yanked on her power cord and the plug-in was sitting kind of sideways on the back of her notebook. My brother welded the plug-in area back in place. Now, we don't have a picture.

I've tried plugging in a monitor and still no screen came up.

You can tell the notebook loads up - hear the fan - but no picture.

I took it into a repair shop and they refused to even open it up. Said that it was now worthless.

There was one ribbon that was not connected and I re-connected it with no success.

Can you ofer me any tips? I have no experience working on notebooks at all.

Thank you for any suggested fixes.

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  • dmccalip Jul 05, 2008

    Thank you for your help. I appreciate your quick response.

    I was hoping for a different answer as I don't understand how welding the plug-in would take out the motherboard when it was working fine before my brother welded it. Could it be something else? Hopefully, a cheaper fix? Could something have come loose somewhere that would cause the video not to come on?

    The fan area gets real hot. Could the fan getting real hot have caused something to happen?

    I appreciate any offered suggested fixes.

  • dmccalip Jul 06, 2008

    Thank you so much for all your help. I will try that. :o)



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Replace the motherboard, it appears that the video circuit is damaged. Replacement motherboards are less than $150

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    Here are some things to try, but I'm not real hopeful

    1. Reseat the LCD cable connection to the motherboard, then boot the system.

    2. Connect your external monitor. Press the Fn key + F8 once, and wait 15 seconds to see if there is any difference on the display. If not change press Fn+F8 again and wait again. The Fn+F8 is a "Toggle" that switches from LCD, to Both External and LCD to External only.

    If you have no video from LCD or external monitor after cycling the Fn+F8 toggle 3 times, then the video port is no longer functional.

    The problem with re-soldering the power connector on to the motherboard is the circuit board is 4 layers thick. In the process of soldering, unless he is very expert in microcurcuit soldering, is you can cause another failure on the card (in this case video)



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