Vostro 1400 Resolution Issue

Dell Dell vostro 1400 notebook computer...
September 19, 2010 at 22:13:55
Specs: Windows XP, Core2Duo 2.0ghz/2gb
Hello Everyone

I Have a Dell Vostro 1400 Notebook. About 6 months ago the CPU fan cooler stopped working but I kept using it anyway and I didn't pay too attention to it. I noticed it because the temperature was getting higher than usually. I worked with my laptop like 1 month or so without a working fan then I stopped using it at all. Last wendsday I got myself a new fan cooler so I replaced it for the old one and I turned my laptop on but when it passed the XP logo the screen went black and it just stood there, it didn't get it to the OS, so I just formatted it and installed XP. The whole installing process went fine, then I installed the video card drivers and restarted the OS and once again it got stuck at the black screen. If it boots in VGA MODE it works normally but when I try to change the screen resolution it gets stuck at the black screen. If I try to make any kind of change to the video settings it gets me the black screen. The whole system freezes. It is not a driver problem because I'm using the same one I had installed before. I think it is either a display problem or a video card problem. I think it was because of the overheating during the month I was using it without a working fan but i'm not sure. Right now I can use my laptop but only in 640x480@60hz and 8 bits color. I really would appreciate if someone help me with this issue. Thank you all for your time and effort.

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September 19, 2010 at 22:43:50
try the latest display driver from dell website. The correct resolution is 1280 x 800. If u think display is a problem try external display.

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September 20, 2010 at 10:07:40
I already look for the display drivers in dell's website but I didn't find any for my laptop. Besides I never installed a driver for the display before. I try what you said but it didn't work, it gets me the black screen when I try to change the display with the hot keys [Fn+F8(CRT/LCD)]. I tried to upgrade the bios but it needs the battery to be connected and at less 10% charged and I couldn't do it since my battery isn't working, besides the version of the bios is the last one published by dell so I guess that's not the problem. Anyway thanks for the help.

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