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Changing out laptop screen from WSXGA+ (1680x1050) to WUXGA (1920x1200)


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#1 Wampa1

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 10:07 AM

I have a Vostro 1500 and I possibly need to replace the backlight on the screen. Instead of just replacing the bulb I am considering just buying a new screen. My old screen was WSXGA+ (1680x1050) and if I replace the screen I'd prefer full WUXGA (1920x1200). Has anyone had any experience doing this on a laptop?

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 10:38 AM

I believe that would be quite impossible unless you found a monitor that matches the same hinge pattern that yours does.

Resolution is determined by the actual screen size.

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 04:59 PM

Well, they are both 15.4 inch screens which are compatable with vostro 1500. I believe that there must be a setting on the BIOS or a dipswitch or something to set the resolution because all the sellers explicitly state that the screen must be replaced with a matching size and resolution. I don't see why this should be the case however. The video card is a Geforce 8600M GT by the way.

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 06:41 PM

No there are no dipswitches or BIOS Features to increase the video. The limitation comes from your monitor's size. You can try to find a 15.4" Panel that will fit in the case for the LCD, but that will be more costly.

1920x1200 is usually for bigger monitors like a 24".

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 10:55 AM

Here is an ebay listing for the screen.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/15-4-WUXGA-LCD-SCREEN-DELL-VOSTRO-1000-1500-1510-/180458058753?_trksid=p5197.m7&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D5%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D3240983243018266723


I noticed that it says at the bottom to only install this on a laptop which had the resolution previously. Do you have any idea why it would say that?

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 11:14 PM

Ok, I had previously had the problem where my backlight would not work on the screen. I tried the inverter first and had no luck. I replaced the cables, no luck. Finally I ordered a replacement backlight bulb and it fixed the problem but I was unable to install it so that the screen lit up correctly. Now I am at the point where I need to order a new screen. If it will work, I would prefer the WUXGA resolution. Does anyone possibly have an answer to this question? Someone has to have attempted it before. Thanks!

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 07:41 AM

If you want the higher resolution you will need to get a much bigger screen which will require you to get new lap top.

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 09:41 AM

That doesn't make sense. I have a resolution right under the one I'm looking at, and it is 15.4", the ebay listing is for the same physical size, 15.4" with 1920x1200. Resolution has nothing to do with screen size, other than that some screens do not come in high resolutions at small sizes.

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 11:30 AM

Actually resolution has everything to do with screen size.

For example, I had an old 15" Gateway 2000 Monitor that was only able to perform 1024x768 regardless of what video card I had it hooked up too. I also have a 17" Monitor on 2 lap tops both are only able to do 1600x900. I have 3 24" LCD's downstairs that can do 1920x1200 and I have a 40" TV that can do 1920x1200 and a 46" samsung that can do 1920x1200 for. The 3 monitors and 2 TV's can do 16 by 9/10 Wide Screen resolutions.

I have used 15" Monitors and 19" Monitors at work and the 15" were only able to do at most 1280x1024 and the 19" could do only 1600x1200. I have had 2 CRT's one of which was 21 and the other a 19" that could do 1920x1200 but anything higher then that was bad for the eyes.

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 02:52 PM

I have a 15.4" stock screen that does 1680x1050. Why won't the screen in this http://www.ebay.com/itm/15-4-WUXGA-LCD-SCREEN-DELL-VOSTRO-1000-1500-1510-/180458058753?_trksid=p5197.m7&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D5%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D3240983243018266723 ebay listing work as it says my laptop is compatable. There must be some BIOS setting or something to change the native screen resolution.

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 03:08 PM

Can you provide the dell Service Tag, and also the Dell Part Number of your LCD Screen?


The BIOS only controlls how the screen looks not the native resolution of the monitor that is solely dependent on the Monitor and Video Card.

Here is my Service Tag: 8NHNTM1

Here is my Monitor: 3RVG9 ASSEMBLY..., LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY..., 17.3HDF+, LIGHT EMITTING DIODE..., TSN, POI

And my monitor is only capable of doing 1600x900.

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 03:32 PM

All NON-seller mistake returns for refund are subject to 20% re-stocking fee and buyer should pay for the return shipping fee. (E.g. you brought wrong model or wrong color).
above from you ebay link ,
so its gonna cost you money for nuttin when it doesn't work

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 07:40 AM

I just wanted to respond for anyone that is trying to do this on their Vostro 1500. I ordered a WUXGA screen http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-15-4-WUXGA-LCD-SCREEN-Vostro-1500-XPS-M1530-/260619090792?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cae1bbb68 and installed it. The resolution on the computer went to the minimum upon bootup and I was able to change it to 1920x1200 in the nVidia control panel without a hitch. Everything works as it should.

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 01:43 PM

Then I stand corrected, but just cause it works now doesn't mean it will continue to work.

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 05:44 PM

The text must be really tiny at that resolution.

I run a 19" 4:3 LCD at 1024 by 768 so that I can read the text easily.

When you change the screen resolution there are several things that will matter.
1. LCD or LED backlight. You must replace like with like. LCD & LED backlights use different connectors.
2. Will the Inverter handle it? , Usually.
3. Does the video card support the new resolution.

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