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Dell Latitude 600

by pjmar / March 14, 2010 10:17 PM PDT

I am running XP on my Dell Latitude 600 laptop. I have recently developed a white horizontal line across the middle of my laptop. Is this an uncorrectable lost pixel problem?

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As a test.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 14, 2010 10:20 PM PDT
In reply to: Dell Latitude 600

Boot up any other OS from CD (I use Ubuntu since I don't have to install it) and see if the line sticks around. Another test is the external monitor test. Write back with the test results.

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If the line
by Jimmy Greystone / March 15, 2010 3:14 AM PDT
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If the line is there from the moment you turn the system on to the moment you shut it off, then it's an issue with the display that is not fixable. You will have to replace it.

You can check a site like to see what a replacement display would cost, unless yours is still under warranty. It's not difficult to replace a display so much as it's involved and a little annoying. Might be worth the extra money if you can find a whole display assembly, including the bezel if you're not comfortable doing these kinds of repairs yourself. And if you're not comfortable taking your system apart at all, I'd just start looking for a new laptop. The display will likely run you in the neighborhood of $150, then there's an hour of labor to have someone put it in, so add probably another $100 to that, which puts you at around the 50% mark of a new system with considerably better specs.

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Dell Latitude 600
by pjmar / March 15, 2010 7:57 AM PDT
In reply to: If the line

Thank you very much for your thoughts on my problem with my display. Now that the pixel line has appeared will it get progressively worse?

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In my experience
by Jimmy Greystone / March 15, 2010 9:03 AM PDT
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In my experience, yes, it will only get worse. However, it's entirely possible it will stay like that for years to come with no further progression.

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