Question about Dell Inspiron 8200 ATI 64MB Video Card - 4U284 Graphic Card

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Display Problem Computer display became a series of green lines running across the page. Computer tech ran diagnostics; felt it was a video card problem.  I purchased a video card (too late to return it) and the problem has started again.  If I press down on either side of the space in front of the keyboard, it sometimes stops. Any help will be appreciated.

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  • pgw3paul Jan 31, 2008

    I have the Inspiron 8200 laptop with the 64MB Nvidia that does the same intermittant video distortion that is sometimes fixed by pressing down on the sides of the lap top. I took it apart and reset all connections put still a problem. Sometimes it works fine, sometimes not. Ran the Dell diagnostic disk that sometimes tells me the video card is bad and other times it passes all tests.

    Any other thoughts?

  • Anonymous Apr 06, 2008

    I need someone who repairs these as I have a couple that do not work. Radeon 9000 card 4u284

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Lcd cable need to purchase another one on ebay fixes mines all the time

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How old is the laptop? I have an Inspiron 8200 that does NOT travel - sits on a desktop. Elsewhere on the web people have complained the problems start at about 3-4 years. After 5 years mine has just started to have display problems (geometric color patterns or lines of blue, sometimes green, sometimes pink).

Local repairman says it's the display card OVERHEATING. He reseated the card and it worked fine - for a day. Then it went out again. Long term HEAT may be taking it's toll on these cards. Dells "refurbished" replacement card is $201. Others on the web are $75-$150. Becareful buying a replacement: my original is a ATI Radeon 9000 - can't find it anywhere. Nvidia GeForce4 440Go is available, but elsewhere on the web said to be less reliable. Then there's the problem of getting a supplier to tell me if "NEW" means never used, or pulled from a new laptop, or refurbished, or used, but tested. Good luck

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It is possible, judging by that fact that pressing down temporarily fixes it, that the video cable for the screen (I'm assuming this is a laptop?) has come loose. Pull off the keyboard and try reseating the cable, that may help.

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