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Occasional Black screen on Dell Inspiron B130


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#1 GammaPoint

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Posted 26 December 2010 - 12:35 AM

Hi, I'm at my family's house for xmas and my mother-in-law's computer is acting up. She has a Dell Inspiron B130 running Windows XP and occasionally she will get a completely black screen sometime after XP is booted. Google searches come up with solutions such as the inverter or backlight being broken, but I don't know how to determine if that's definitely the case or not.

What I tried to do is boot up Windows within a Safe Boot. Doing this appears to avoid the problem. Does this mean that the inverter or backlight is not the issue, or does the Safe Boot simply use the hardware in a less stringent way and perhaps means nothing about the state of the inverter and backlight? Perhaps it's a software issue?

Anyone know of any tests or things I could do to try to narrow the issue down? Also, is it possible to use Safe Boot mode with a reasonable resolution, or is a crappy resolution the only way it can go within Safe Boot?

Thanks in advance for the help!

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Posted 26 December 2010 - 02:27 PM

I have had the same issue a lot of times i end up closing the lid and waiting then opening it again that seems to help there also could be a short in the back light so see if moving the computer around helps at all

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Posted 26 December 2010 - 02:36 PM

I have had the same issue a lot of times i end up closing the lid and waiting then opening it again that seems to help there also could be a short in the back light so see if moving the computer around helps at all


Thanks Erik. I'll get the computer to mess up again and then try moving it around to see if anything changes. I suppose if it does that would strongly signal a hardware as opposed to a software issue.

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Posted 26 December 2010 - 03:59 PM

yep if not there is probably something in the bios thats a little messed up

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Posted 26 December 2010 - 06:50 PM

if it only happens after the OS boots my first guess would be driver, in which case you DL the most up to date chipset and video drivers and try that.

Edited by yorkred, 26 December 2010 - 06:52 PM.





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