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Laptop: It sounds like it boots up, HD spins, but no display


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#1 dathorpes

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 04:11 PM

Thank you ahead of time, for any help you can offer.

I have a Dell Inspiron 700m laptop, running XP.

I leave it on all the time, but yesterday, I discovered the monitor was completely black. I unplugged it, and rebooted it, but still no display,
althought I can hear the hard drive spin up.

I tried plugging in another monitor to it, but it didn't display anything either.

Do you have to change the laptop settings for it to display things on another monitor or will it automatically recognize it?

Any thoughts or suggestions?

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 07:20 PM

try hitting the FN key and f4 or f5 [one with the small square box on it ]to switch to monitor

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 08:28 PM

Hello

Also for safe measures to determent it is not your graphics card:
Connect a monitor to your VGA input and boot your computer. (see if it brings anything up!)

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 08:55 PM

Ok, I'll try both of those things.

Thanks

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 11:14 AM

Well, darn!

I tried both of those suggestions - no luck. I guess this means it is the video card?:wacko:
Is it possible to replace a video card in a laptop? It is a Dell Inspiron 700m.

I have never taken the hard drive out of a laptop before, can I take it out and put it in my big
machine so I can get the data off?

Thanks for the help.



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Posted 25 May 2011 - 01:01 PM

The video card on laptops is integrated into the motherboard.
Therefore, to replace it you have to replace the mobo.
Not a job for the feint of heart & might not be worth it cost wise.

You can easily remove the hard drive and attach it to another system to recover the data.
Very simple process if the drdive is SATA & your system is SATA (or supports it) as well.
You might need a SATA data cable to do so but thats a cheap item.
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Posted 25 May 2011 - 06:07 PM

Sorry to hear that Mate

There is a very good possibility it may be your graphics card!

If you tried the test and it failed.... :rip:

I believe I have taken one of these apart maybe not the same model as yours...but the card connects to the motherboard instead of being integrated. But I am not 100% it is a wise thing to replace... You be better of buying a new laptop...
:sombrero:

But don't give up yet, it could be something else...?

Edited by JUICYboy, 25 May 2011 - 06:08 PM.


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