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Solved: Dell studio 1737 laptop - white screen

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Zuggel, Feb 21, 2012.

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  1. Gr3iz

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    Good for you! I hope that does it!
     
  2. Zuggel

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    My New/used lcd screen came and I still have the same results....an all white screen. Does this mean it is the motherboard then?
     
  3. Gr3iz

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    Unfortunately, it certainly appears that way. The video circuitry drives the LCD and the external monitor independently. One can work fine while the other does not. You indicated that the cable did not look damaged, so the main board is highly suspect.
     
  4. Zuggel

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    There was not any trauma to the machine and there was not/is not any flickering of the screen when it is moved about (open/closed, side to side now that the screen is unhooked). The cable is firmly seated at both ends. :( I'm guessing that it means nothing that the screen still turns off when the screen saver/power mode settings have it turning off.

    Yeah, yet another HTPC. I'm guessing that it will function fine with out the display attached so I can sell that too. I just need to figure out what to do about the power button that is on the side of the lid.
     
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    Looking at prices of replacements, the more appealing fixing this one is. I think I am going to order a new lcd cable first ~$10. I don't think anything is wrong with mine, but it it much cheaper than the ~$110 for a new-used motherboard.

    On that note, I have never replace a notebook motherboard. Is it that difficult (technical) or is it just a PITA dealing with the smaller parts/tighter fit?
     
  6. Gr3iz

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    Mostly a PITA! Watch for screw sizes and locations. I often take photos or draw diagrams for screw locations and place the actual screws on the drawing. Go slowly and carefully!
     
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    Finally got around to ordering a new lcd cable of ebay for $10. As stated, I highly doubt it is the problem, but once I resell it, it will have only cost me a few $$.
     
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    Cheap enough to try. Good luck!
     
  9. Zuggel

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    Not the cable..... :(

    Off to scrounge ebay for motherboards.
     
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    This apparently is not a huge priority for me, just got around to ordering a used motherboard off ebay for $105 shipped.
     
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    Motherboard got here a few days ago, finally getting around to swapping them out. I don't think the motherboard alone would have been that bad, but I also had the screen in pieces from testing that out also. So far the screen is back together and the motherboard is in. Now I just have to put stuff back on the MB (processor, heat sink, hard drive) then I can test it. After that I have a bunch of wire to feed through (wireless antennas + power +) then putting the cosmetics stuff on after that.

    If it works, i'm definitely going for the back-lit keyboard, but I doubt I will get it all done this weekend with it being Easter and all, but hopefully far enough to test.
     
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    I'm still watching your topic, good luck with the new motherboard. :)
     
  13. Gr3iz

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    Keep us posted!
     
  14. Zuggel

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    Thanks for the replies, I was wondering if anyone was still interested or just reading a new post! I got everything (preliminarily) hooked back up. I have no idea where my thermal paste went to, i think I i will have to order more so I just put the cpu and heatsink back on with the old stuff which was good enough to test with.

    Fired it up and what do you know, video displayed on my screen!!! I got lucky, there is a set of step by step walk through videos for everything that I've had to do. It saved a lot of frustration. Also, as mentioned before, label your screws (stop thinking dirty). I took the box that my mb came in, some tape and a sharpie. Not the most technically advanced method, but it worked.

    Anyway, still have some finishing touches left (wireless card/cables, thrermopaste when I get it, the bottom cover and of course the much anticipated backlit keyboard) but that pretty much finishes this project.

    Oh yeah, also have to try to sell the extra stuff on ebay so I can get some my money back.

    Edit:
    I thought I would throw in the money spent situation as well. All items were bought on ebay.
    LCD screen = $35. Not needed, I think I could sell it for $80 as most are that much or more.
    video cable = $10. I'll hopefully sell it for a little less and be out $4 for shipping
    motherboard= $105 I'm going to try to sell my as non working, I saw an auction with bids of $20 plus shipping.

    So, if I sell nothing i am out $150 at most, plus a bunch of time but had fun (kind of) and learn that laptops are not too hard...if i sell it all I can hope to be under $50 in total costs.


    Next up, I have a laptop that went flying in a domestic dispute (not mine). It looks like it has a cracked lcd, a few missing cosmetic pieces and a usb ports on the right side that don't work, but it was free to me and only about a year old.
     
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    Great news, Zuggel! I was afraid it would come down to the most expensive part. Murphy strikes again! ;-)

    Marking the box is a clever idea! I've drawn crude (not rude!) diagrams to identify the screw locations, I've also photographed the board and marked it up. Whatever works for you, as long as you get them in the right places. Some are slightly longer than others and getting them wrong could be the difference between short circuiting something and not having enough threads in a hole, or too short to catch any part of the threads!

    You can mark the tread "Solved" by clicking the box near your original post.
     
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