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Dell XPS LCD problem

On boot up my LCd is fine on my laptop, after a few minutes it starts to go crazy with screen distortion. is this a Grapics card or lcd problem? and howe can i fix it so it wont cost me a arm and a leg?

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  • jim_mclendon Apr 30, 2009

    My laptop was heating up but i had a chill mat under it which kept the heating to a minimum, I checked my drivers and they were up to date, I started it in safe mode with the same results. I have since used an external monitor and came to the conclusion that the problem is with my LCD and not with my mother board. After reading alot of forums on this issue the only thing I can do is replace the LCD or use another monitor.

    If you have any other suggestions on how to solve this other than LCD replacement, I am all ears.

  • Anonymous Apr 30, 2009

    I tried moving the screen back and forth and there was no change. I guess I could check the connection. I will get back with you to see if that works

  • Barry Parks May 11, 2010

    Have you run the Dell Diagnostics tests on the system? If not, try this:
    1. Power off the laptop
    2. Hold down the 'Fn' key and press the power button. It will start ind diags mode.
    3. Watch for the color bars to appear and press 'y'.
    4. Note all error codes that reported.

    If you see the color bars, the screen should be all right. The issue could be the video card, BIOS flash or video drivers.

    Let me know what you find and I'll try to help you.

    ~ Spoem

  • Anonymous May 11, 2010

    Does moving the screen have any effect on the problem?



    The only other thing I can think of is possibly a connection problem, the easiest to get to is the main connector. Remove the piece between the keyboard and LCD, the main connector should be visable then. I would disconnect it and reconnect to see if that helps.



    The other ones are not so easy to get to, you have to remove the front plastic from the LCD, then remove the panel to get to the back of it. You have to decide if this is something you want to try.

  • Anonymous May 11, 2010

    Is it a heat problem? Is the laptop getting hot anywhere?



    Have you updated the video drivers? (possible but doubt this is it)



    Start the computer in safe mode, by pressing the f8 key duing boot and selecting safe mode. Does it still happen?

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If the distortion happens inside windows, this is a graphics driver issue but, on the other hand, if this happens before Windows or outside Windows, this is a video card problem

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Uninstalling and reinstalling the video card drivers did the trick for me. this was done in windows, not Safe mode. i got the back light to come on by pressing the power button a couple times, this simulated sleep & wake-up.

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