This seems to need a new screen. I'd start with asking Dell how much they will charge you. Then see if you can find a local repair shop to do it for less (or do it yourself if you feel cabable for it).
I have a Dell Inspiron 9400 laptop and have recently noticed a dark bar (shade like bar) going down the left edge of the screen. The longer the computer is on the darker the shade gets. Today after about an hour or so the screen went dark. YOu could barely see a dialog box on the screen. When I turn it off and restart, it clears up...except for the shaded bar.
I've hooked up the laptop to another monitor and it works fine. Any idea what the problem is and cost. Trying to see what's the best way to deal with this...fix it or buy a new computer.
Appreciate your suggestions.