Laptop screen has gone sunset red

By pfreeman ยท 4 replies
May 23, 2005
  1. My '98 Dell-inspiron 3200 laptop screen has become sunset red. I can see black and the efforts of other colours to show through, but the red is a problem.
    I am low tech on software/hardware issues.
    What could this be?

    Thanks so much,
  2. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    your pixels probably switched to red on account of something failing. take it into a shop, they might be able to fix it.
  3. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    If its still under warranty, take it back. Its completely F++@:mad:ed. Sorry, but its true.
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Return = Best idea. But I see it is a 1998 model laptop. After 7 years, that's probably not an option.

    Red screen usually means a burnt out CCFL. The CCFL is an integral part of your LCD screen and often requires replacement of your entire LCD which may actually cost more than the laptop itself.

    The CCFL may be repairable (not replaced) by someone who really knows their stuff, but count on a very high price because of the delicate nature and difficulty finding a suitable CCFL replacement.

    You may be lucky in the fact that it is an older laptop. Some used and "new" or "generic" LCD screens can sell for reasonable prices for certain models of laptops. Dell in particular is a very good brand to find such parts for. If you know of someone who can replace the LCD screen or perhaps the whole display assembly, is going to have the best deals. :)
  5. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966


    If you have vga out on this model you could use
    external Crt.
    Also dell has trade in/up possiblities.
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