I had firefox running with several tabs, then I went afk for a while and when I came back, the screen was blank. I shook the mouse, made sure it wasn't sleeping, tried alt-ctrl-del, but I got nothing. Then I did a manual restart by holding the power button then starting it up again.
I could hear the sound of the login screen coming up, I entered my password and it was able to login to Windows since I heard that Windows startup sound. I still couldn't see anything on the screen. I plugged in my external LCD to see if that could detect anything but it said "no signal detected".
Does anybody have a solution for this? Or is my laptop pretty much dead?
My specs are: T7100 1.8ghz 2gb ram 8400 gs vista home 32bit
The screen on my Dell Vostro 1400 just died on me. I can turn on the laptop and I hear Vista booting but the screen doesn't show up. The Dell Logo doesn't even show up when I turn on the laptop.
So to diagnose this problem, I connected my LCD monitor to the laptop. The screen appeared but tere is flickers of color everywhere and the screen resolution is terrible. I think the graphics card burned out. I was wondering if my diagnosis is correct?
Also if it is burned out, is it easy to swap graphic cards? I have a GEforce 8600 GS on my laptop. It is not connected with the motherboard.
Recently my Dell Inspiron 1545 screen is showing green patches. They are only increasing day by day and after rubbing the screen they¬†disappear¬†for some time before appearing again. I tried some software solutions like pixelhealer etc but no use.
Is there any other way to eliminate dead pixels? How much the hardware replacement will cost ?
Dell is sending me a new unit as replacement to my faulty Dell 1400.
I had the = discrete nvidia graphics option along with the upgraded Dell screen (wxga+).
My question is this? Which will they send? They say it will be comparable. How can it be comparable if they dont even make a 14.1" vostro anymore? I don't want a 15" clunker because the reason i got the 14" was because of portibility.
I also dont wanna get stuck with onboard intel crap graphics, will they give me discrete video card?
So this weekend I finally have some time to play around with my shiny new Inspiron 1545, and during Vista restarting I found 2 dead pixels on my LCD screen. I called tech support, and they said that because I don't have on-site service I will have to send the p.o.s. through a courier to their depot in Newmarket to replace the whole screen, which will take 10 days.
Naturally I'm nervous that they will screw something up or that the system will get damaged during shipping or whatnot, leading to even further delays.
I tried telling them that I shouldn't have to wait for 10 days due to the nature of my work and the fact this is a business plan and I want them to make an exception and send a tech here to fix it. After all, this system is only 2 days old. They want me to purchase the on-site warranty for $200 for them to send someone out OR pay $60 for each incident.
Is there any recourse I can take, perhaps escalate it to a manager who may make an exception?
They tried telling me that even for the 2 pixel they were making an exception as the "law" says that up to 5 deal pixels is fine. What "law" are they referring to exactly? Haha... Brutal. Last time I buy a Dell that's for sure. Is there any re-course, such as escalating it to a manager?
I really hate getting systems with dead pixels. A lot of manuafacturers allow for minimum dead pixels for their quality control which I think is bunch of crap. Everyone should get 100% quality with their LCD screens.
I have got Vostro 1400 with GeForce 8400M GS and graphic card failed... I tried to reflow the chip and it worked for 5 day and then it go wrong again...
My last chance is change motherboard... I look at ebay and I found motherboard with integrated Intel graphic... Is it possible to change motherboard with integrated VGA instead of one with GeForce VGA?
I think it should work, but I'm not sure and I don't want to be surprised after spending 200 USD on new motherboard.
I should have said microprocessing cooling unit, not heatsink!
My Dell Vostro 1400 laptop has been running hotter with age (it's two years old). About 5 minutes after startup the core temp hits 50-60C, the fan kicks in, the core goes down to 30C, the fan kicks off. This cycle occurs about every 5 minutes or so. I've cleaned the fan area thoroughly and am using i8kfanGUI. I'm wondering if replacing the microprocessing cooling unit will help keep the core temp down. They're pretty cheap, about £15 on eBay. Here's what I'm looking at: [url]
What do you guys think? Will a new microprocessing cooling unit make a significant difference in keeping down my core temp?
i own a vostro 1400 and my 12 months warranty ran out.i should admit until now, i never had a single problem with this machine...only thing is that if i play any game for a prolonged time,area near the fan get heated up.
Now all of a sudden- BOOM! i got some weird lines(colored) and my laptop fan area is like a oven.. i thought it is a temporary problem...but it just got worse,i m now getting frequent hangups with colored screen,i can only start my windows in safemode(i am still in this safemode) i read of some bios update,so installed it ...RESULT? still same colored streaks.. so i even reinstalled my WINDOWS,only to find those colored screen,and same old hangups... heres how my laptop looks while it works(rarest case,that too while my graphic card is disabled)
most users in direct2dell blog are crying out that dell customer care is really ignorant of this issue and they doesn't even know about that EXTENDED warranty on this issue i donno is this dell guys will replace my GPU, if any one faced same problem or have a proper solution do reply...
This is on a vostro 1400 with the notorious 8400M. Recently, whenever I run a game (any game, even older ones like WC3) or anything graphics-intensive such as movies, the cpu load increases until it hits 100% and the system basically freezes until I exit whatever program was running.
For the first 5-10 of a game, everything runs smoothly, but eventually the cpu load maxes and I have to quit. the sound is also messed up, which i think is just an effect of the cpu load.
I was using my laptop as I normally would a few weeks back when I noticed that the left hand-side was sticking out a tad bit more than usual. I ignored it and now it's starting to become quite drastic.
There's a huge gap that keeps the top cover sealed with the rest of the laptop chassis. I look underneath the laptop and notice that somehow, 2 screws had disappeared!
I see that right now the 8400GS is the best you can get in a Vostro 1400. The Vostro 1500 supports both the 8400GS and the 8600m GT. I'm assuming then that a 8600m GT would fit perfectly into a Vostro 1400. Has anyone tried it? Sorry if this has been asked before, I tired searching for it and found nothing.
- My Dell laptop's motherboard is fried and needs replacing (Vostro 1400) - I can't read the Product Key for the copy of Windows installed on it, because the sticker underneath the laptop is worn out - Dell said that as long as I use the recovery disc supplied by them, it won't even ask me for the Product Key on install because it reads the data off the motherboard - If I replace the motherboard, does that mean I can't install Windows on the system without it asking for a Product Key again?
In other words: do all Vostro 1400 motherboards have the same SLIC digital signature? Will I be able to install Vista Business 32-bit without it asking for a Product Key?
So I have a broken Nvidia Geforce 8400m GS GPU on my Vostro 1400 out-of-warranty (even with Nvidia extension) laptop and Dell wants $240 to repair it.
That money could probably go to a new laptop, but I was still wondering if there was a way I could go for a do-it-yourself repair. How would I go about replacing the GPU? Is there a guide for this somewhere I could look for?
I'm guessing I will need to order a replacement motherboard from Dell to do this, but I'd rather attempt repairing the laptop on my own rather than send it to Dell's out-of-warranty repair depot. I've taken apart PCs before, but have never taken apart a laptop.