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Old 09-04-2008, 09:27 PM   #31 (permalink)
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can the video card be replaced or is it integrated in the motherboard?
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This is the video card and an sample price if your up to fixing it yourself.

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When you call Dell ask for out of warranty repair. Tell them the screen is dead rather than have to talk to tech support. Double check your service tag number. Its in the bios if you can see it through the artifacts.
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Old 09-05-2008, 04:41 PM   #32 (permalink)
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It is most likely a failure of your video hardware. If you are under warranty get it fixed. If not then its time to upgrade.
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Old 09-07-2008, 05:02 PM   #33 (permalink)
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It is not under warranty. It had a 2 yr warranty and it is now 3 years old. I would rather not have to replace it since it has never froze, shutoff, run slow, or disappoint me at all since i've owned it.

This problem was completely random.
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Things like this happen. Remember OEM consumer pcs are built to fail after a few years so they keep you coming back. Unfortunately there isn't a thing you can do to fix a failure gpu on a laptop.
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Old 09-11-2008, 12:17 PM   #35 (permalink)
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I ended up bringing it to a well-known laptop repair shop nearby.

They inserted a XP OS disk. Chose repair. It repaired a few corrupt files. Done.

Works fine.
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