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.