laptop screen

1/2 of my Dell Inspiron laptop screen has gone black. There is now a stripe down the middle , but all else appears to be working. Any ideas? One person suggested that the mother board is dying.

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No model number? Age, story?

I have little to work with here so I'll write that there are all of three parts at work here. Motherboard, some Dells have a video "card" (it's not like a desktop!) and the LCD.

Without more detail I can't offer a guess if it could be something else.

--> There is a SIMPLE test to see if it's the OS. Boot SAFE MODE.

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whoops sorry

Inspiron 6000, purchased in Oct. '05
the safe mode didn't improve anything, screen is 1/2 or more black

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Inredibly helpful.

Look at and AMAZINGLY this appears to have a video card.

Try taking it out, wipe off the heat sink compound, put a little fresh compound on. Cleaning all the while you work on this, button it up and hope it's just some bad connection. At 6 years connections can fail and simple ONE DOLLAR reworking like this has helped.

Some write "what if I break it?" My answer is "It is broken so don't worry."

If that doesn't work, find another video card on ebay and hope.

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I'll try this and see. Thanks

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