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Dell E1505 Intermittent display loss

CPU: Intel core duo T5300 2.0ghz
RAM: 2gig PC2-4200 ram (Hynix is the brand i think?)
VID: ATI X1400 256mb
HDD: 80gb 5400rpm hd
OS: Windows Media Center w/ SP3 and latest updates
LCD: 15.4" WSVGA+

The problem is the image on the screen will just disappear.The monitor semms to just turn off but I can still hear the fan and hardrive on. I still see green lights on the laptop.
Playing a game or surfing the internet, it doesnt matter, you hear like a click noise the screen goes blank.
At first I though it may have been in sleep mode so I turnd everthing to never in batery saving mode. The problem still occurs. I have swithced usb mouses and dell batteries and also ac adapter. The sgut down still occurs.
Interestingly I can correct the problem shuting the laptop down hard and removing the battery for a few seconds. After putting the battery back the laptop starts up fine

I'm thinking it may be an inverter issue but I am not a technician.

Thanks for any help on this

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  • jamilar Jan 09, 2010

    Thank you for the response. I have already done this but it but the display still sometimes shuts down.

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Had exact same problem and had technician put it apart to clean. Then put back together. Got another 12 months out of the 5 yr old Inspiron. Will do that again to get another few months. Or trade in for latest and greatest if get a good deal.

I also never put it into sleep or hub automatic. Hope helps.

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When you click on Power Options, the power options screen will open. Here you can select a power plan, change plan settings.



When you click the Change plan settings option below any of the listed power plans, the Edit Plans Setting screen will open allowing you to change when the computer should turn off the display and when to put the computer to sleep, as well as the brightness setting of the display.

Turn off the display = Never

Put the computer to sleep = Never

Posted on Jan 09, 2010

  • Sunil Dsouza Jan 11, 2010

    STEP: Run the Preboot System Assessment (PSA)




    Additional Information




    1. Ensure that the computer is powered off.


    2. Press and hold and press the power button to power the computer on.


    3. Release both buttons. The PSA diagnostics sequence begins.


    4. Make note of any PSA beep codes or PSA error codes
    Check for PSA Error codes on support.dell.com


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You might be able to verify by taking a fairly bright flashlight and aiminig across your screen when it does shut off. If you can see the image, it's probably the inverter.

If you've tried an external monitor and it does the same thing, it's probably the video card (hopefully yours is the replaceable kind.)

Six screws on the bezel and carefully pop it off. The inverter is on the bottom of the screen. I just replaced a broken screen on that exact model.

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