When I close the laptop (Dell Inspiron 1000) with a screen displayed on it then open it back up, the screen goes blank and the hard drive light stays on as being in a frozen state. The only way to get it operating again is to hold the power button down and turn off the computer then turn it back on again. It does this with either battery or AC power. I can't seem to find the problem.
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Re: Screen going blank and laptop freezes.
Go into the diplay properties, under the screen saver tab there is a button marked power, open this. Under one of the tabs there is a section that reads, when I close the lid, under this section set it as never.
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This is your back light on your lcd display, To prove that have a flash light handy when it goes dark point the flash light at the screen and you should see the screen and that would mean right there you got a back light going out or the inverter that powers it is going bad. Etherway if this is not your area of work you need to tech it to a computer tech local to have it repaired.
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Sounds like an issue with :
1) Loose connection issue between the display and mail unit. For this you may need to visit the service center to have it checked.
2) In some cases, this issue is resolved after re-installing OS. ( seen for myself on a non-Dell laptop, issue was gone after reinstalling XP )
My guess is, its a loose connection which needs to be fixed by the Dell service center.
Before we go into the BIOS, lets try a few other things first. Go to the control panel, you get there by going to the start button and then to settings and there will be the control panel. Once there look for your "power options", open power options and look for the heading "closing the lid", when you find this, click on the drop down menu and choose "do nothing". Then look at the tabs at the top of the window and open the tab for Hibernation and turn it off. If you have windows 7, these changes can be made from the edit power plan settings. Try to edit the power settings first before messing with the BIOS.
With the external monitor connected, try holding down the FN key and pressing one of the F keys at the top of the keyboard that has a Monitor icon on it. This should turn off the external screen and show the laptop screen. If you press it a 2nd time, BOTH screens should show up. If still blank, Press again until the External Monitor comes back on. Then go to www.dell.com/support and go to Drivers for your Model. Then download and re install the VIDEO or DISPLAY Drivers. This should fix it if its a missing driver. If STILL no display on the laptop, call Dell.
One thing that I've noticed about the Inspiron 1000, is the LCD ground is done exclusively thru the hinges. Try tightening the LCD hinge screws (Marked with a (D)) 2 on the bottom of the chassis and possibly 2 on the back. (I just tightned every screw I could find)
Once the ground connection is improved, the LCD may work better
The F5 and F8 functions are normally used by Windows to shoose between C:\, Safe Mode and normal boot.
Setup is a function of the BIOS manufacturer and it could be any key but is normally F1 or F2 as the screen says in your case.
I don't know what your specific problem is but it is a new board and sometimes they don't survive the installation due to improper handling.
The almost universal use of CMOS technology makes some of the chips very sensitive to static discharge even with countermeasures in place to protect them.
Well it seems that the system is running but there is no display on the screen.To confirm that try connecting a external moniter ot the system and see if you get the display on that.Also try hitting the NUM lock key and see if it turns on and off as well.After connecting the external moniter if you see the display than there is an issue with the screen and incase u still do not see the display than there could be an issue with the video card.So incase you still have the warranties on the system you call the dell tech support and get the parts replaced.
Hope this helps!