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I have a dell laptop, has been working fine but for some reason now it powers up has the blue light to say it is turned on and makes a noise when first turned on but nothing appears on the screen, I have taken out the hard drive and put this in to another laptop and the hard drive is working fine in the other computer, I have plugged the laptop into the tv through HDMI lead but nothing appears on the tele so the computer screen is fine, has anyone got any ideas please

asked Mar 27 '11 at 13:32

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edited Mar 28 '11 at 12:08

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I feel bad for you.

(Mar 27 '11 at 22:20) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

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answered Mar 27 '11 at 14:52

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edited Mar 27 '11 at 15:01


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(Mar 27 '11 at 14:57) Carter Carter's gravatar image

Like this really helped.

(Mar 28 '11 at 09:44) David David's gravatar image

Thats wrapped it up pretty nicely.

(Mar 28 '11 at 09:55) Vancar6 Vancar6's gravatar image

I just got a new motherboard and memory card. Luckily it was still in its warranty. Now it just shuts down due to overheating! so yeah Dell = Hell!

(Mar 28 '11 at 11:16) nitrocrime nitrocrime's gravatar image

Thats why you build your own. BTW, The new Dell ad lies, Says the laptops are fun. BUT ONLY FOR 24 hours. BOOOOM BSOD...

(Mar 28 '11 at 11:49) Jackster1337 Jackster1337's gravatar image

It sounds like something to do with the internal video card. You can try reseating the ram and try that, if that does not work, then there may be something wrong in the internal part not easily accessible

answered Mar 27 '11 at 13:46

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Thanks for your reply, just had my dad reseat the ram, but, still nothing coming up on screen :-(

(Mar 27 '11 at 14:29) midwifetob midwifetob's gravatar image

do u see the screen flicker at all when u first turn on the pc, or hear any system beeps anything?
Sounds like it may either be your screen or your video card, but not really enough information to tell. Another option is if you have a desktp monitor sitting around connect it to the video out of your laptop, and look for the function key to switch displays on my acer its fn key f5 but most likly different on yours. If you can get video from that then its a screen issue if nothing you move onto the next step
Ttake out all removable components, the removal cdrom drive, or whatever removable drive is there, harddrive 1 stick of ram if you have 2, and try to start it, the laptop does not need a harddrive or disk drives to boot atleast to your bios post screen. if video comes back on with nothing hooked up youve narrowed down your search a little more. let us know if you get any farther on diagnosis.

answered Mar 27 '11 at 15:27

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Hmm. Similar situation to what our Dell desktop had happen to it. Luckily we bought a laptop a few days before. Though ours started getting blue screens first and then we just let it sit. One day I felt like seeing a blue screen I guess so I went downstairs and turned it on and had the same thing happen :( Oh that's right my geekyness was coming so I wanted to fix it but didn't have a clue what I was doing because I kinda had to solve two issues :( It sits there to this date.

answered Mar 27 '11 at 15:07

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This is a problem with your GPU by the sounds of it.

I think the best way to solve this problem is a new motherboard.

answered Mar 28 '11 at 09:58

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LoL? Problem with the GPU. You fix the GPU not the Mobo....

(Mar 28 '11 at 11:49) Jackster1337 Jackster1337's gravatar image

and if the GPU is on the motherboard, as it is in most low end laptops.

(Mar 28 '11 at 12:54) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image
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