Solved Dell Windows 7 Laptop screen black, not loading

Dell / Inspiron 1705
February 21, 2014 at 17:47:44
Specs: Windows 7
suddenly my laptop screen is black. Shined a flashlight, there's nothing there. Connects to an external display perfectly via HDMI. no strange sounds or anything. Its a Samsung r480 running windows 7, 64 bit. Is it a cable? what cable would i purchase and what would the level of difficulty for self repair be? Thanks so much!

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#1
February 22, 2014 at 00:40:43
You can try the toggle switch (not likely a fix but worth a shot) sometime they get stuck on an external monitor and the laptop screen won't display. The toggle key usually is a FN + function key(FN + F5) on my particular computer, the picture on the key is kind of a tiny computer / hollow square box (rep ext monitor). It is not likely a cable although it can be. It is quite possibly a defective screen. You may also try turning off the unit, removing the battery, and then powering it up and see if the screen shows. Sorry I can't describe the monitor/external monitor toggle key better.

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#2
February 22, 2014 at 08:36:45
I tried the toggle to no avail and the battery removal, drain the power thing. The reason I'm thinking it's a cable or video card rather than screen is because there's absolutely nothing go to screen... Thanks for your reply!

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#3
February 22, 2014 at 13:12:34
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Check the connector at each end of the cable (screen and computer) to make see if one has come loose. Another thing that can happen with laptops is that the cable gives out where it is hinged at the lid. Screen itself is still possible but I tend to go along with your view about the cable.

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#4
February 24, 2014 at 20:45:55
I'm going to try the cable and Ill let you know what happens- thanks so much!

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#5
March 4, 2014 at 19:08:47
well i had to take the whole laptop apart but yes, it was the cable- it was loose where it connected to the back of the screen. Tightened it, taped it to be sure and voila! Thanks so much for all your help!

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#6
March 4, 2014 at 19:41:51
Good to hear and thanks for popping back to let us know.

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