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Screen goes black when power cord is plugged in.

Screen goes black immediately after booting up....except when just using the battery. If I plug in the cord, the screen goes immediately black, yet it is clear the computer is still working. There have been no hardware changes. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

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  • dechendorje Aug 20, 2008

    Thanks for the quick reply. I have the computer running right now on the battery alone and it is working fine as long as the cord is not in. I tried running it on supply alone and the display craps out again. So, as long as the cord is not in, it works as long as the battery will last (not too long). So, it seems the problem only arises when the cord is plugged in. Do you think it could be the cord somehow? Thanks again.

  • dechendorje Aug 20, 2008

    oh well, the screen went black even just on the battery....any other tricks up your sleeve?

  • Anonymous Aug 27, 2008

    It definately not the power cord. I am having the same issue. I have tried that and it must be the power managemetn system

  • johnquinn288 Oct 13, 2008

    I have the same notebook and same problem. Not long after this problem starting happening, my graphics card (ATI 1400x Mobility) starting failing. I sent it into Dell twice. They replaced the motherboard and video card. Plus they sent me a new power supply. It still had this problem. I reduced the screen brightness when plugged in and the problem went away. Not a great solution but at least I don't have to run off of battery. As for the graphics card, I still cannot watch movies or play games without getting a blue screen of death. Dell's tech staff are useless.

  • MonaLady04 Oct 26, 2008

    Same model Dell laptop--same exact issue. Guess I am going to have to send it back to Dell. Damn it! Should have just bought an ACER at Wal-Mart.

  • donnatwitty7 Oct 28, 2008

    Same problem. But in my case I just brought a new power cord for $65 and about 15 minutes after I plugged it in my screen went Black. I can say however that before that happened my screen was flickering for months like it wanted to go out and I guess it just finally gave way. I think I may just need a new backlight for the screen because you can see that it is still working underneath the blackness. Will update everyone after I take to the same place I brought the cord from. I have to say the next Notebook I buy will be a Mac or anything but a Dell or Compaq. I have had nothing but one thing after another with both.

  • Anonymous Jan 28, 2009

    screen goes blank

  • decembermay Mar 09, 2009

    My Dell Inspiron 4100 is doing the exact same thing, I've replaced the battery, and the backlight inverter board, no improvment. Computer runs well on battery, but screen gets bright and then goes black as soon as charger is plugged in. Charger will charge new battery when power is off; old battery will not charge and battery light on computer flashes 4 orange and 1 green light.

  • akzelaya Apr 22, 2009

    I am having the same problem and I've tried everything. I'm a college student with finals coming up and cannot afford to be without a computer anyone have any clue as to how to fix this?

  • mjhmail Apr 30, 2009

    My E1505 screen works fine on battery, but on AC power it goes black. I have taken my battery out and right now I am typing this using an external monitor. I can just barely see this screen image on my E1505. Is it the mother board? What does a new one cost. This E1505 is 2 years old.

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    screen goes black when power cord is plugged in.


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1- Go to Control panel. 2- Click on Display icon. 3- Press on Change display setting. 4- Press on Advanced settings. 5- Choose Intel(R) Graphics and Media Control Panel. 6- Press on Characteristics fees. 7- Select Basic Mode, Then press Ok. 8- press on Power then set this setting: A- Power plans : Maximum Performance. B- On Power Source Choose (On battery) C- After you set power source (On battery) (Power conservation features) will appear press on (true) for Display power saving technology, then set it on (Maximum battery) then press on Apply, Then Ok. After you set this setps Black screen will not appear after you plugin the charger in the laptop or even after you disconnect the charger from laptop. Tested on Dell Vostro...; GoodLuck everyone. Mr.Ahmed, Egypt..

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Start by checking the power supply with an ohm meter for the proper output. Anything higher or low than one volt means the supply is faulty and will need replaced. This could also be a battery issue, if a fail safe in the battery has engaged. Try removing the battery and see if it works properly on the supply only, if so, then the battery will need replaced. If these two check good, then I'm afraid the problem is with the power management system on the motherboard, and unfortunately the motherboard Will have to be replaced.

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  • Ryan Rogers
    Ryan Rogers Aug 20, 2008

    Yes, I do believe it to be the cord. Also, try an external monitor with the cord. It's unlikely, but the video cars may have an issue.


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