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Inspiron 8100 Screen Screws Up ... But Fixes When I Hit It..

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#1 logangaudreau


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Posted 17 December 2005 - 09:03 PM

I have an INSPIRON 8100 from Dell and about 15 times a day the screen willl turn all green and fuzzy with horizontal lines flashing through it and will stay that way until I whack the monitor really hard.

ACTUALLY ITS DOING IT NOW. Its fricken getting staticky like TV's do. Its not bad right now ... its just a little fuzzy. There's green and pink lines plainly visible on the blue part of this forum but I cant see the lines on the pink or white parts.

How to fix it?

Also firefox just deleted all of my bookmarks and settings. It made me log on as a different user telling me "The other one was in use" .. when in fact Explorer and Firefox were both closed and I even checked the task manager. I restarted and it kept telling me it was in use so I made a new one thinking I could go back and open the old one.

Now .. there seems to be an absence of any option to change my "identity" on firefox at all. I did start run firefox.exe -profilemanager and it just brings me to my home page in firefox. There's no identity selection in the "options" either.

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Posted 19 December 2005 - 09:40 AM

From a friend of mine:

"If it moves, kick it.
  If it doesn't move, kick it until it does!"

Seriously, if a whack will fix it - something's wrong with it. Either take it to a shop to get it fixed (probably expensive) - or find another monitor at a garage sale for cheap (as long as it works it's worth garage sale prices).

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Posted 19 December 2005 - 03:24 PM

Is the Inspiron still under warranty? I am guessing it is not, but if it is let Dell deal with.

If not and you don't want to deal with an external monitor, I would look on e-bay for an Inspiron 8100 that has something else wrong with it, but a good monitor.

Also you need a repair manual, generally people are selling cds with Dell repair manuals for five-six bucks on ebay.

It is not too hard to do a monitor transplant on a laptop, if you know what to unscrew and what to unhook. Just take your time and be sure to not lose the screws. Take the monitor you bought on e-bay apart first, to lessen the risk of damaging anything you want to use when it is all put back together.

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Posted 24 February 2006 - 05:10 AM

Well I fixed this by searching on google. The house right below where the monitor starts (houses the power buttons, volume control and such) can be pulled right up.

After that there's a little white lever, when you push it the screen will jump and change colors. I just stuck it down under so it can't move anymore.

Lever looks like this.
| | <--- Lever
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | (F1-F12 Keys)

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