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Dell E1505 latop no display won't boot up

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Melissa See

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Recently my Dell Inspiron E1505 with Windows XP Media had the display freeze with vertical lines all through it. I had to crash the laptop. When I restarted it, it briefly showed a display of the start up screen severly broken up with more vertical lines then it went to a black screen. I attempted to connect it to a standard monitor with the same vertical lines on the start up screen. Then the screen showed faint symbols at the top left of the screen, then attempted to reboot. I attempted to boot in safe mode but I get nothing but a black screen. Everything had been running fine up until this point. PLEASE HELP!
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Sounds like the video chip on the system board has died. You will need to replace the system board but to be sure you should take it to a reputable repair shop and have them check it out for you. It will run you $120+ for the system board plus the cost of labor to replace it if it is bad.

It's 5 years old or so and may not be worth spending a lot of money on when you can get a new one for $500 to %600.
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