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Inspiron 5150 black & white stripped screen

By lechuguin ยท 11 replies
Feb 24, 2009
  1. greetings,

    my inspiron 5150 got hang up on running symantec corporate scan, then after hard shutdown didn't boot okay, screen's shaky with shadows. I tried again to restart then on booting the screen is stripped black and white with very faint shadows, etc.

    please, advise of you know of a solution.
  2. lamo

    lamo TS Rookie

    what videochip do you have in laptop?
  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Inspiron 5150 laptops seem to have a lot of trouble with the inverter for the screen. As they begin to fail, you can sometimes have a variety of black and white video problems, partial gray screens, and such.
    But it could be something as simple as a video graphics cable that has become loose, or a video graphics device driver that has gone bad.
    Run the 8-steps to search out infestations that you will find elsewhere on this forum. If Ok, and your software appears normal, then you have work to do.
    Assuming your software is oK, I would first download the driver for your service tag from the Dell support site. Once you know where it is located on your computer after download, go to the Device Manager (Start->Control Panel->System->Hardware->Device manager) and remove or disable the old driver, then install the downloaded version.
    If no change, remove your keyboard. Remove the battery and power cord. Then, this may require removing six or eight screws from the bottom of the laptop, and changing some sliders slightly hidden in among the keys. Once the keyboard is loose, carefully with gloved hands, remove the very thin ribbon cable, then re-connect it.
    Reassemble everything.
    Now, if the problem persists, you should consider the inverter. It is about the size of a fountain pen, and rests at the bottom of the screen. You can buy the inverter on eBay. New. Do not get a used one, and get the exact model for your Inspiron 5150. Only a few are interchangeable..
    The tricky part is that many of the screws to the screen are hidden behind rubberized screw covers, and they can be damaged during removal, resulting in an ugly look when reassembled. You can usually find replacement screw covers on eBay.
    Otherwise, there is no difficulty. This is not rocket science, but it will take perhaps an hour or two. Remove all the screws that hold the screen assembly. Be careful to note which screws go where, as there are as many as four or five different screws and can be as many as 18 to 24 altogether. The inverter is at the bottom held on by screw clamps and simply unplugs like a two or three-prong lightbulb.
    Plug in the new inverter. Replace the screws. Presto. Working again.
  4. lechuguin

    lechuguin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    64mb nVidia GeForce FX Go5200 Video Memory Card, if this is what you mean to ask...

    thanks for helping...
  5. lechuguin

    lechuguin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for helping,
    Besides the stripped black and white, one on several tries, wxp pro boot up and sreen was flickering and performance was sluggish. It I could for once access to gmail, and just happens to windows uddate install/restart routine... it's not restarting now. I mean screen got stock with the zebra look... my gut feeling is that is something more than the screen... I also revert hd with go-back on a chance I had to see it on booting the machine... most of the times I tried (in the last 24hr, this happens yesterday) I just got stock and don't see wxp or roxio go back on booting the machine... I mentioned further details because for your level of expertise perhaps there is another screw I can twick inside? (or a hammer? LoL)

    Thanks sincerely...
  6. lamo

    lamo TS Rookie

    lechuguin, that's because your problems are not familiar with broken LCD cable and inverter. this is videochip failure. i can answer exactly if you post here some pics of "screen mess". but don't be so sad. this videochip is located at detachable videocard, and you an buy such one at ebay or somewhere else.
  7. lechuguin

    lechuguin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thank you Iamo,

    Please, find enclosed a pic.


    Attached Files:

  8. lamo

    lamo TS Rookie

    clear as a day :) this is videochip failure. check if this laptop shows something to external monitor. if you'll see exact picture as for LCD, so dismantle the laptop and start to look for videocard.
  9. lechuguin

    lechuguin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thank you, I really appreciate your help.
    I'll proceed as advised; and post progress.
  10. lechuguin

    lechuguin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I removed the video card; yet, I only could find the "nVidia GeForce FX Go5200 64MB Video Card" on ebay us (I'm in london, uk) for a total (incl. shipment) of 60gbp.

    did you mean that before proceeding to replace the video card, to check if my pc performs with an external monitor? (I actually don't have any or cable, only my other laptop I am using now)

    this inspiron 5150 it'll make 5yrs on july09; meant to get a replacement towards the summer (now it's not a good time). I am not sure though to throwing time and money on trying to resolve this.

    Would you please have a final advise/thoughts?

    thank you...
  11. lamo

    lamo TS Rookie

    well, as for me, it's time to buy new laptop. i think, that there's no need to spend 60gbp for new videocard for this laptop. as for this case, yes, i'm sure, that replacement of videocrad will help you.
  12. lechuguin

    lechuguin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thank you very much. I really appreciate your help.

    all the best, Iamo
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