Hello! This is my first time posting on the forum and I hope I've posted in the correct section. Here is the problem I am having.
I have a Dell Inspiron E1405 that is probably about 11 years old. Recently the screen started to randomly go black. It has done this 3 times so far tonight in the 3 hours I've been using it. It is starting to get really annoying. The thing that I find interesting is that the LCD stays powered on as you can still see the back light. The computer is still on and functioning as music continues to play and so on. The only way to get it to come back on without rebooting is to connect an external monitor to the VGA port and press the "Fn" and F8 (CRT/LCD) button several times. If I do this without connecting an external display, the display will not come back. Also if I hold the power button and reboot it comes back immediately. I think I'm on the latest Intel drivers for the GPU. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what could be going on? I do not want to buy a new computer as I still really like this one and it meets my needs.
I don't think CPU temperatures are an issue, as they tend to average between 42C-65C.
Update: I just repasted the CPU. Lets see what happens.
Dell Inspiron E1405 BIOS A10
4GB DDR2 RAM
320GB Hitachi HDD
Intel 945 Express Chipset Family
Intel Core 2 Duo T5200
Windows XP Media Center Edition (I know its risky to still use XP but I like it and intend to continue using it. I understand all the risks.)
Edited by mickchristiansen14, 12 February 2018 - 11:25 PM.