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Dell Inspiron 1501 screen half black

The right half of my laptop screen will intermittently go black. Sometimes, instead of black it will show random vertical colored lines.
It goes black randomly, without anything on the laptop being touched, and starts working again the same way.
Even when the screen is working, one thin vertical colored line remains in the middle at the dividing line between the working half and the half with problems.
While the screen is half black, I can still operate the cursor on that half, but I can't see what I'm doing.
Laptop is two years old. Thank you for your time.

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  • david2tymin Jan 07, 2009

    half my screen is black with a thin vertical line that divides a working half and a half i cant see. is this fixable or do i have to pay for a new laptop cuz this isnt under warranty er nething. please help!!!

  • gregvoyer Feb 05, 2009

    I have the axcat same problem, please help!

  • tmk1 Apr 13, 2009

    Exact same problem with my screen. Only mine will not come back on at all, half black always. Laptop only 2 years old, what can I do??? Help!

  • Anonymous Apr 28, 2009

    My screen is half black too but on the right hand side. The screen does come back if i apply a bit of pressure above the screen on the casing. what do i do?



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Had the same problem. Fixed it though. Here's how:
You'll notice that the screen comes back to life if you press down on the very top of the green line. This is because a controller circuit board behind the LCD screen (at the top) is pressure fit flat-surface-to-flat surface to the contacts on the back of the LCD. Eventually, the sticky substance that holds this circuit board in place wears thin, collects dust, etc.. and the connection between the circuit board and the lcd contact is lost. The line appears where this break in contact has occured. 
So, the solution is to increase the pressure at that point to reestablish the connection. I wasn't able to remove the circuit board to clean beneath it as it seemed too likely to cause damage. Nor would I have had the right adhesive to connect it back, so I simply removed the LCD and put a bunch of tape at that point so that it would "push" with a little more pressure when screwed back into place. Worked great.
To remove the LCD, pull off the 6 feet around the screen. Remove the screws behind them. Carefully pry off bezel with a small flathead screwdriver working your way around it. Once removed there are simply 4 screws on the left and 4 more on the right of the LCD to remove. Pull out screen carefully and start stacking bits of tape on the spot where pressure seems to work best. Put it back in and see if you've made any difference. I did this with the computer on so I could verify my results. Just be careful not to short out any naked contacts.
If this doesn't work for you, at least you'll know you just need to replace the LCD, not the video card. Easily found on ebay.

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  • adesisto Nov 01, 2010

    Unbelievable!!! I was just about to call it quits. There was no way the exact replacement screen I bought could be having the same problem. So, all I needed was some tape on the back?

  • Max shah Nov 13, 2010

    Thanks A Ton bud. It saved me more than $ 100.

  • tobalob Mar 23, 2011

    You are a lifesaver! I have fought this problem for months. The only reason I didn't junk it already was I needed to get some stuff off of it. THANK YOU!!!

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    pjhaddon1 Dec 12, 2012

    that was tremendous...thank you so much

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    pjhaddon1 Dec 12, 2012

    tremendous...thank you


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You have a bad grapics card in the laptop or he connections to the screen on your laptop came loose.
It happens dells are famous for bad or corupt displays try to hook it up to an external monitor if ya can.
if image on monotor is good ya got a screen malfunctioning in the laptop . dells are famouss for heat problems with there laptops.

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Mcaramb you deserve a big shinny medal mate, that worked a treat, i have a dell 6400, had it 4 years and first problem i have came across, but again spot on pal

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Same issue. Dell Inspiron 1545. Right half of screen white with colored vertical streaks.
Followed advice:
1. Remove the LCD
- Pull off the 6 feet around the screen.
- Remove the screws behind them with 3mm jewel cross tip screw driver
- Carefully pry off bezel with a small flat tip screwdriver (used 3mm). Pressing gently toward the center of the screen helps unlock the plastic latches. Working your way around it. The bottom is trickey, so do it slowly. The bottom requires working the flat tip screwdriver slowly across the entire surface of the bezel.
- Once the bezel is removed there are simply 4 screws on the left and 4 more on the right of the LCD to remove. Pull out screen carefully.
- Original auther suggested "start stacking bits of tape on the spot where pressure seems to work best."
- I cut a 1/4th of a piece of 8-1/2 x 11 paper, folded it 4 times, and inserted it between the green PCB and the translucent plastic protection covering the entire PCB. I did this directly behind the location where the ribbon cable connectes into the PCB assembly. This applied enough pressure to keep whatever was loose connected.

I still get the screen distortion when I hold the screen in certain spots. May add more spring to the PCB in the future, or purchase a new working LCD assembley from EBay.

Total job was < 30 minutes.

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