These are kind of a pain if you dont repair laptops.. The video card is a plug in card/socketed and be sure the screwholes are aligned, or you can see clearly through to the bottom plastic before trying to seat it. Then press down where it says "PRESS" Also the video connecor cable could be not seated correctly, These can be the same type of problem for the first timers. Just back-track your work, Take your time, Be sure the CPU didnt come out still stuck to the heatsink,(If it did you need to reseat by removal and unlocking the small screw on the board socket).. Just some simple tips prior to tossing in the dumpster..Theyre a pretty good unit as long as the jack doesnt fail and you keep them cool.. (ASK BOB PROFFITT ABOUT YEARLY CLEANINGS AS WELL AS PROCEDURES)!! Ive seen him post a hundred times here, Simple maintenence that will have your laptop take Tylenol "prior" to future pains.. Food for thought.. Ken
Dell Inspiron 5150
Windows XP SP2
P4 @ 2.8ghz
Nvidia Go5200 64mb
Help! I opened up my computer to clean out the exhaust vent and upon reassembling it I tried booting only to have nothing appear on the screen. This isn't the first time I've taken it apart either, this is the first time I had this problem though. From the way it sounds it starts normally, just the monitor is won't turn on. I'm thinking its the video card, but I'm not sure and I don't know if telling Dell I was inside my computer is a good idea. Any help would be much appreciated.