Posted 20 February 2010 - 05:37 PM
Sounds more like a driver concern instead of a hardware problem. When the video chipset dies it causes either no screen output/distorted images regardless of 2D or 3D mode independant of what drivers are used. Make sure to get latest drivers from NVidia, install and see if that changes anything.
That chipset (based on rhe 8XX mobile I think) should be covered under extended warranty. Like anything with extended/optional warranties, contact Dell in a professional manner, verify whether it is covered and be prepared for a "no". I have had better luck with HP in regards to this problem.
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