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Dell Latitude screen issues

By eyemfedup2
Dec 13, 2009
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  1. i recently purchased a second hand dell cheep
    and now the display has kinda blue lines through it
    i have a dell inspiron 4100
    they are both model# PP01L
    is the actual display the same
    will the mobo interchange from one to the other?
    it seems a waste to forfeit both computers when one is a two ghz system
    i would rather put the mobo in the inspiron, it looks cooler but, form follows function
    i know that there are enough dells out there saturating the market somebody has replaced or noticed its similarities such as the connector from the display or mounting socket
    or it's if it is the display, maybe i can swap them out.
    im thinking its the actual piece of tape or ribbon connector
    but the inspiron has a smaller board that connects to the mobo
    i dont know as of yet whether they will interchange.
    on the outside there's not much difference
    what do you think
    as always thanks
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    The latitude should also have this "Inverter" board, if they are different then its likely they are not interchangeable
    By the way, I suspect the orange flat ribbon cable only
  3. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 204

    THANK YOU I AGREE
    oops caps lock not yelling
    thank you for answering
    no one else seems to respond much
    i appreciate it
    it they are both model pp01L's they should interchange i hope
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Silly orange cables just dry up and crack, and fault under heat
    Sometimes even re-connecting them helps, but not usually for too long ;)
    If the cables are bent the same way then yes, swap them

    Note: I haven't even checked the models you posted :p This is only from experience ;)
  5. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 204

    thanks allot
  6. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 204

    where might a person find something like that?
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Sorry?
    To avoid the guessing game, something like what?
  8. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 204

    sorry LOL
    the Silly orange cables from the monitor to the actual laptop, under the keyboard?
    my bad
  9. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    They are available at Dell Parts. They are also available on-line.
    Also, there are two different video graphics systems for the Inspiron 4100, but the cable and screen are the same.
    You will need to replace the inverter, which is no easy task, with a large number of small screws hidden under rubberized screw covers.
    There are a number of sources for the ribbon cable, but unless you break it during removal, you will not need to replace it. If it is defective, the screen will not work at all... but yours seems to work. The cable is under the keyboard, which you remove by taking the screws out from the bottom. Then use a source of hot air to warm up the cable then remove the cable slowly and carefully while wearing rubberized gloves that are not filled with easy-on powder.
    As you remove the screws on the screen, draw your self a little "map" of where the various sized screws fit, and keep each size separate. Knowing which size screws go where on re-assembly will make life better and completion faster upon re-assembly.
    You will likely need to buy replacement screw covers on ebay, as they are so easily torn on removal on older laptops.
    Good luck. Let us know how it turns out.
  10. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 204

    your too cool :)
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