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Problems with LCD screen on Dell Studio XPS 1340

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#1 nrryan


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Posted 07 January 2014 - 05:10 PM

My computer: Dell Studio XPS 1340


Problem:   For quite awhile now, I have had a problem with my LCD (LED backlit) screen.  There are 2 (sometimes 3) bars that run right down the middle of the screen.  One bar is black with multi-colored lines, one is white, and another is constantly changing.  If I press in on the screen, the changing bar will temporarily go back to normal, until I let go, then it goes back to black/white/multicolored.  The other two bars will not change even with pressure applied.  


I've tried taking the computer apart but I dont know enough about it to know what to look for.  I looked for anything that looked like it was unplugged or dirty but did not find anything.


I've looked on eBay and I can get a replacement screen for about $75.  I contacted Dell and a replacement through them is $480 for JUST the screen.  Is eBay going to be my best option?  Or is there something else I can go to fix this?  I've attached a pic of the screen as it is right now.



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#2 Trakeen


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Posted 11 January 2014 - 09:39 PM

Ebay to the rescue.  My shop orders all their screens from Ebay, and installing the screen is usually pretty simple.  There are quite a few videos out there showing how to remove the bezel around the screen.  Once that's done there are a few screws holding the screen to the framework extending from the hinge.  Remove those and carefully remove the flat ribbon cable from the screen.


Remove the screen, connect the ribbon to your new screen, and replace all the screws and bezel.


The problem you're seeing looks like a screen issue to me.  Worst case your video card could be going out, but generally that's not the issue when you see white sections on the screen like that.


If you're wanting to do this project yourself I would search google / youtube for directions.  This video shows a complete breakdown of your model, and I've linked directly to the screen disassembly: 

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