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mephisto
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posted February 25, 2002 18:53     Click Here to See the Profile for mephisto   Click Here to Email mephisto     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
the subject line pretty much says it. Anyone who can help?

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posted February 25, 2002 20:07     Click Here to See the Profile for macadddikt18   Click Here to Email macadddikt18     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ok, first you will need a pick axe and a frying pan, and a lot of duck tape.................
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posted February 26, 2002 08:05     Click Here to See the Profile for Tau Zero     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What's busted?  Do you have a dead driver, flaky cable or a bad backlight?

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posted February 26, 2002 08:12     Click Here to See the Profile for mephisto   Click Here to Email mephisto     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
missing pixel columns....anything else i can handle...but there's black lines on the screen...i'm thinking i gotta replace the screen.....*sigh....too much expense....but i wanna fix it so i can give it to my wife to use while she doesn't have a computer and we're apart....
maybe i will lease one for her. that should be cheaper. maybe thats what i will do...but for now i wanna look into this...

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posted February 26, 2002 11:56     Click Here to See the Profile for +Andrew   Click Here to Email +Andrew     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Probably kind of obvious, but what are the specs of the system & LCD, and its warranty status? Over at support.dell.com there may be some repair & service info.

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posted February 26, 2002 18:36     Click Here to See the Profile for Bregalad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've seen corrupted display patterns on a couple of my computers. Driver problems can cause multicolour horizontal pixel patterns (kinda like the stars beneath a Super Blabbermouth).

Vertical patterns of corruption and missing columns can indicate a problem with the video circuit or VRAM.

Does your Dell have a VGA output? If so check what happens on an external monitor. That way you'll know where to point the finger of blame and have a basis for determining the cost of repair.

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iballoondesign
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posted February 27, 2002 14:32     Click Here to See the Profile for iballoondesign   Click Here to Email iballoondesign     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
one word from dell

"dell-ete"

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posted February 28, 2002 09:08     Click Here to See the Profile for Tau Zero     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know much about laptop screens as such, but I know something about electronics.

Missing columns (especially if they are irregular) sounds like a bad connection to a driver chip.  If you can get the screen apart without destroying it (which may be a whole affair by itself), I'd look for bad solder joints at some huge ASIC.  If you see cracked leads at the chip body, there's nothing you can do.  Bad solder joints can be reflowed with the right soldering pencil with the right tip at the right temperature.

If it's not under warranty I don't see what you've got to lose.

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posted February 28, 2002 10:00     Click Here to See the Profile for mephisto   Click Here to Email mephisto     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
there is a dead Vaio somewhere that talks of my lack of skill when it comes to laptops..i can replace a raid controller in a sparc server without looking but give me a laptop and you could fell me with a feather.
Nah, i would rather pay someone to fix it. I was never too good with soldering irons anyways.

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posted March 01, 2002 10:02     Click Here to See the Profile for Charisma   Click Here to Email Charisma     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a really good idea... shell out $1,800 and buy a new iBook. Believe me, you'll be oh-so-much happier.

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posted March 01, 2002 20:22     Click Here to See the Profile for iballoondesign   Click Here to Email iballoondesign     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Charisma:
Here's a really good idea... shell out $1,800 and buy a new iBook. Believe me, you'll be oh-so-much happier.

Charisma, I do agree with you!

High Five!

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posted March 01, 2002 22:07     Click Here to See the Profile for mephisto   Click Here to Email mephisto     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Charisma:
Here's a really good idea... shell out $1,800 and buy a new iBook. Believe me, you'll be oh-so-much happier.


Such great advice. Thank you, thank you. do you also want me to give up drinking water and switch to copper sulfate? I don't want a good idea, I have plenty of my own. I just want solutions to my problem with this laptop, and this particular laptop only. My choice of processor architecture is not up for discussion. Thanks.

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