Used Dell laptop screen has lines

Dell Inspiron e1505 notebook - customiza...
February 11, 2010 at 18:24:48
Specs: Windows XP
My problem is the screen on the right side of the LCD about 2 inches from the right side it has two blue lines running up and down. If I grab the LCD at the top right corner and push outward while holding the left bottom corner, the lines disappear.. What would be causing this? And can it be corrected?

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February 11, 2010 at 18:51:44
Something in your LCD display assembly is damaged.
Did you drop the notebook?

You could try searching for a used replacement, but a new or re-furbished display assembly will have a longer display life, assuming re-furbished = the backlight was replaced with a new one. (The backlight eventually burns out.)

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February 11, 2010 at 18:58:39
I dont know if it was dropped. I just bought it for $40 bucks, it worked, they had just gotten a virus and it totally ruined the software I had to put a new OS on it then I noticed the lines. If I push the upper right side out they go completely away. but if I pull in, then I get more lines.

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February 11, 2010 at 20:06:30
That display problem is probably the reason you got it so cheap.
You could try just putting up with it.
Or - if you don't mind plugging a regular monitor into it's VGA port, the video is probably fine on that.
See the Owner's or User's manual for it - you sometimes need to press a key or key combo in order to get adisplay on the external monitor.

It also could be the wiring between the base and the display is damaged, which is relatively cheap to fix, but you usually get worse symptoms than you're getting in that case.
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February 11, 2010 at 20:12:33
The main reason I got it so cheap was that they know nothing about it and when they got the blue screen of death they freaked out and figured it was junk and sold it to me. I can deal with that line. At least it will still be portable.

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February 11, 2010 at 20:39:05
It's extremely likely "they" knew about the display problem.

As you may know, the computer can be reloaded
- with Windows for free if you have or can borrow an OEM Windows CD (a regular CD that says " For Distribution with a New PC only" or similar on it) of the same version as on the official Microsoft label on it - Home or Pro - you use the Product Key on the official Microsoft label that's on the computer.
- or with the original software installation for cheap if you can still buy the Recovery CD set for it from Dell, or if not if you can get it from certain sites on the web - for a lot less than an OEM XP Home CD costs. The Product Key is often a different one than on the label, built into the software.

If I got rid of every computer that ever got a blue screen, I would have no computer with any Windows version on it - even Win 3.1 could get blue screens.

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February 11, 2010 at 20:48:21
Yup, I know how the blue screens are I have had them on every one I have used from Win3.1 for workgroups all the way up to Win7. They can make all these great new features and annoyances but they will NEVER get rid of the blue screen of death. As far as Win7 goes after getting the trial copy, I wont be buying it anytime!

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February 11, 2010 at 21:20:46
I started with MsDos 3.2, then 3.3, then 5.0, then 6.0, then Win 3.1, then added the 6.2 upgrade, I acquired 6.22 (not the installation disks) and WFWG 3.11 (on a CD for a Packard Bell my brother handed down) but have never used them, skipped 95 and 98, then got 98SE at the beggining of 2000 which I still use nearly every day, have fiddled with ME on my brother's computers, then XP Home, have fiddled with 2000 and XP Pro and XP MCE 2005 on other people's computers, acquired ME but have never used it, installed OEM Vista Premium 32bit earlier this year, didn't try the test versions of Windows 7, I heard the earlier ones had a lot of bugs, I have an OEM Windows 7 Premium 32 bit DVD I am going to install for a friend soon, I've never used Unix or Linux, and I have an older version of Linux my brother gave me I've never installed..
Windows 7 appears to be similar to Vista with the things that annoyed people about Vista taken out of it, or changed to make them more user friendly, many bugs fixed Vista had, some new features.
Vista and Windows 7 are certainly quite different from XP and below despite a lot of things being similar, so I can sure see why it would be a huge learning curve for some people to take them on.

Once you get past the device installation problems and the occasional third party software installation problems, 98SE is quite stable.
XP with SP3 updates has been okay for me.

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February 11, 2010 at 21:23:59
I didnt care for windows 7 because they done away with the Classic XP style startup menu, and there is no mail client, you either have to use Windows Live mail now or get your own email client. I have used Eudora, its been around for awhile and has a good reputation.

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February 11, 2010 at 21:55:07
I'm still using Eudora 5.1 in sponsored mode on my 98SE computer (hasn't been ads in it for years) , and Iv'e used several older versions, since I first got onto the internet in about 96 on a 28.8kbps dial-up connection - got a 56kbps external one in late 99, then ADSL. about 1 1/2 years later (it was cheaper than paying for a second phone line connection plus the Dial-up ISP fees) .
I see on their web site they're no longer making new versions of Eudora, and there is an open source free alternative in development they mention there but it runs only on 2000 and above.

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February 11, 2010 at 22:51:08
I just got windows 7 ultimate, and I am hoping eudoras latest verision will run on there. If not I will have to figure somthing else out. Any suggestions? I have heard somthing about a SECRET mail client that came with win7 but it is hidden in a directory. Have you heard of this?.

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February 11, 2010 at 23:41:29
"....there is an open source free alternative in development they mention there but it runs only on 2000 and above. "

Take a look:

"I have heard somthing about a SECRET mail client that came with win7 but it is hidden in a directory. Have you heard of this?."

I haven't looked up much about Windows 7 yet.

I certainly had to look up a lot of things I discovered or wanted to know how to do after I had installed Vista.

- Apparently, if you dual boot XP and Vista (and probably 2000 and Vista), EVERY TIME you boot XP (or 2000 ?), ALL the System Restore restore points are lost in Vista.
Microsoft has two workarounds, but one, using Bitlocker, is only available to you if you have the more expensive Ultimate or Business versions of Vista, and the other may not work with all programs you can use in Vista.
I got around that by using a third party boot manager program BootIt! NG that can hide the Vista partition (the one Vista's Windows is on) from the XP Windows partition while booting from the XP partition, that is also 100% compatible with Vista's Hibernate/Standby support ($35 USD).

As far as I know the same applies to Windows 7.

- Vista has a Administrator User, but by default it's hidden from the computer user. It can be easily enabled if you look up how to do it, though. It's the only user that has admnistrator rights that same as in XP.

I don't know if that applies to Windows 7.

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