Dell :: XPS 2 Died

Jan 2, 2008

My laptop died last night and i dont know where to begin a diagnostic.

I will try to explain what happened and what it is doing to the best of my ability but my sentence structure and grammar is not all that great So please bear with me.

this is my machine...
Inspiron XPS Gen 2
Intel® Pentium® M Processor 770 (2.13 GHz/2MB Cache/533MHz FSB),
Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
Video Card 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ Go 6800 Ultra
2 gigs of Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz (from newegg)

I ordered this machine 7/04/05 and has worked awesome since it arrived at my door step. I have done 0 mods to it. The only thing i have swapped out is the ram.

Over the holiday weekend i had a strange graphical haze happen, everything was hazy and not very clear. So i logged on to a game and the strange haze followed. Figuring the machine was bugen out i rebooted. Doing this fixed the problem. Now fast forward 10 days with no problems. Last night i logged out of Wow for the evening, upon logging out my screen was filled with small hazy Z's that stretched the length of my monitor and my system was locked up, so i just help down the power button and shut down for the night.

Today it booted up with no problems and i was reading the news. I went to log on to Ventrlio to chat with a few friends and found it jacked all up. I had this running last night when my system crashed fyi. I got up for a few and later noticed the hazy Z's are back. Then the monitor stared to flicker on then off randomly until it went black.
Now 4 hrs later i have gotten it to boot twice for a short periods of time. The black background lights up but shows nothing. The hard drive seems to run for a moment but i cant really tell if its running. The lights come on along with the power on light. A few of the times i have turned the unit on and 5 minutes later i will hear the windows loading sound but nothing graphical happens. I opened up the unit hoping i had a loose connection, nothing was loose and everything was fairly clean.

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I see the lights come on for about 5 sec. then it shuts down. I don't hear any of the fans spinning up at all. What could it be? I tried booting off the battery, and the power supply(which is almost brand new) nothing works.

It's not even posting. I don't see anything on the screen at all. Is my video card dead? I used it for about 3 hours last night and it was fine, I didn't have any artifacting, and the computer was running fine.

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