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Dell laptop screen problem

My Dell laptop screen has a black blob and streaks of black on it, the background is all white with a "rainbow" ribbon along the left side. I don't know if it was stepped on (the screen is not cracked) or what happened. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get it back in working order?

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Sounds like

Sounds like the display is dead. Especially if this issue is present at all times when the system is turned on.

You'll need a replacement display or a replacement laptop. You can check to see what a used display would run you for your model, assuming they have any. Compare that against the cost of a new laptop.

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One test first.

I boot up a Linux CD so I can test without installing Linux. I don't have to know a thing about Linux. Just booting it lets me see if the hardware needs repair.

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