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asked Oct 6, 2010 by George (901 points)
Hello, can you please help me sort out my laptops monitor. It does not display&nbsp;anything, it doesn't even seem to turn on&nbsp;and the&nbsp;only&nbsp;way I can use my&nbsp;laptop&nbsp;is by plugging in an external monitor&nbsp;which&nbsp;it then thinks is the&nbsp;primary&nbsp;monitor. Can you please help me to get my laptop monitor working? I have attached some screen shots below. Thank you.<div><br></div><div><hr>Screen Shots:</div><div><br></div><div>1.</div><div><br></div><div><p style="text-align: left;"><img src="http://api.ning.com/files/SblVyMTUDLpmav0TenC-pqPS5Htwy6kIcwgZOOxrQnfqbp*9YOLzmauypoWqRdFk97h3np0QTKyCIOx5RTprrQPzD57v7o3b/SS1.jpg?width=721" alt=""></p><p style="text-align: left;"><br></p><p style="text-align: left;">2.</p><p style="text-align: left;"><br></p><p style="text-align: left;"><p style="text-align: left;"><img src="http://api.ning.com/files/ZpgQSPtqM49oATQsUPHqjitrarMFw9hPEDf-mr9WTbAIB031zqZTm6Ofqs6r3Al097ZrTdM9nuhOh7jrTu-fl6NKi*pX4fEm/SS2.jpg?width=721" alt=""></p><p style="text-align: left;"><br></p><p style="text-align: left;">3.</p><p style="text-align: left;"><br></p><p style="text-align: left;"><p style="text-align: left;"><img src="http://api.ning.com/files/jzp4rdWnT*BaHtXNftl5B-N45nBuZ1bBToBiQjIF4pFUEGhn4*t1O9Y9tJdKdWKDEONgR1-75dJRR0vrUAM*M89aoPNnlbRb/SS3.jpg?width=721" alt=""></p><p style="text-align: left;"><br></p><p style="text-align: left;">4.</p><p style="text-align: left;"><br></p><p style="text-align: left;"><p style="text-align: left;"><img src="http://api.ning.com/files/gXAteeoalqgb43slppPTVY2CewFW9BawBgtQIEl*Yw-2CiLnzlIZExe09PlwxWmERyi7hZfr0RPBNZzVbfiHtGUN-F2EXvEM/SS4.jpg?width=721" alt=""></p></p></p></p></div>
commented Oct 7, 2010 by Tim Fontana (16,355 points)
its cause your on vista ;)

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answered Oct 6, 2010 by Ben Grant (1,976 points)
I had the exact same problem with my Thinkpad. Rung IBM and told them about it. They collected it, replaced the screen and delivered it back to me for no charge. Do that!
commented Oct 7, 2010 by George (901 points)
Buy my warranty has expired so Dell will probably charge.
commented Oct 7, 2010 by Ben Grant (1,976 points)
In that case it seems like you need to bust open your laptop and reconnect the wires.
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answered Oct 7, 2010 by Sozo (3,886 points)
I can't tell from the pictures if the screen is actually enabled, so just incase. Once you are in your display settings, make sure both boxes are checked and then click on the advanced tab. In the advance tab click displays and you should have an option to turn on second monitor. Sometimes when I hook up my flat screen tv to my computers, I have to do this...so give that a try.

Hope that helps.
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answered Oct 7, 2010 by Seb (2,267 points)
There should be a prompt for diagnostic test during POST or somewhere in your BIOS. Run that test and get back to us. From the sounds of things, either your gpu, your inverter or your LCD screen needs replacing. Let us hope it's the inverter.
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answered Oct 7, 2010 by Geenome (2,261 points)
I was given a laptop and the screen had gone funny on it, where it was only showing 4/5th's of the screen left to right and about 10% missing at the bottom. I had googled forums about it and was suggested it was the inverter. So I did a bit of investigating and took the panel just above the keyboard off and found the plug that comes from the LCD screen wasn't sitting right, so  unplugged that and replugged it in and now the screen goes perfectly. So fortunately I didn't have to fork out for a new inverter or worse a new screen.
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