Dell XPS M1210 display problems (i think inverter card related)

By racerx509
Oct 29, 2007
  1. Hi all. A friend of mine dropped a small dell XPS 1210 into my lap. The laptop is really nice in that it is very tiny, but it seems to have a wierd display problem. I originally attributed it to a worn inverter card, but I am not sure. Anyway, the laptop will boot and before Windows XP can finish starting, the display will go dark. YOu can still see the icons and the system will function normally, but the backlighting is dead.

    However, when you hook the unit up to S-Video output, the screen's backlighting will work normally, and it will also output a display onto the TV. When you plug the laptop into the charging receptical, the screen will go dim, but once again, hooking it to a television will revive the display.

    Anyone ever heard of this? This is really wierd.
  2. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    You are correct - the backlight power supply has failed.
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