Thread: Dell Latitude C600
July 31st, 2004, 11:46 PM #1
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Dell Latitude C600
Hi, i have this laptop and the problem is that i dropped it once getting it out of the car and the next time i started it, the screen had no showing of anything.
so, i checked again and nothing, i know the computer was running, but what was the trick is that the screen was displaying the normal stuff (windows and everything else).
Then, i took it apart, piece by piece and nothing happened after i put it back together again, the laptop runs but it seems like the flourscent light is busted to make the graphics or everything appear.
Now, i have looked into Ebay and even Dell for a replacement screen but everything is expensive as in the whole screen altogether.
What should i do? The cheapest entire screen i have seen is for $149, but if the flourscent light is out, should i just buy the lcd display and replace what i need?
Thanks for any input, but i have come to the resolution that i may pay as much to replace the screen as in spending time putting a new screen together.
Learning by the day.
August 1st, 2004, 12:26 AM #2
It is possible that its not the screen that is broken but maybe other circuitry that controls the screen. If this is so, then $149.00 would be lost. Hopefully someone else here can give you more insight before you spend the money.
August 1st, 2004, 01:03 AM #3
August 1st, 2004, 01:03 AM #4
This is a very common laptop repair It deals with replacing the backlight, which sounds like it may be your problem.
If this is the problem, there's one being auctioned on Ebay
The skinny on the story:
The Problem — Most repair shops tell you they cannot just get a fluorescent lamp and they try to sell you a new $1,000 display module.
The Solution — You can order the replacement lamp (measure its length and diameter) for about $10 each plus shipping. Get two in case you or your tech breaks one.
So for $10 for the lamp and whatever the tech charges you to repair your machine, you will be back up and running."
Small fluorescent lamps can mean big display savings.
There are many reputable lamp and inverter suppliers and distributors. Choose a company with a solid reputation and verifiable credentials because the price of failure is not worth the cost of cutting corners. You will need a torque screwdriver, soldering iron, copper foil and lots of patience.
First, carefully open your laptop and disassemble the display so you can access the rear. Be aware of the problems of static electricity that could damage your computer, and use an anti-static pad or equivalent. Carefully remove the fluorescent lamp (it is probably plugged into a wire harness and held in a metal rail with end caps). One caveat: Save the end caps and harness used with the failed lamp and you maybe able to recycle them. Measure the lamp's diameter and length. Be sure to have the name and model number of your laptop.
Go on the Internet and type in a keyword like "LCD Backlighting" or Miniature Fluorescent Lamps." In minutes, you can be ordering a lamp that matches the one you have just removed. Many companies also offer assemblies that can include the lamp(s) end caps, high voltage wiring, DC-AC inverter and connector if you wish to replace the entire lamp assembly. Incidentally, high volume tech centers often do this as a matter of practicality, and they still realize savings of over 75 percent against entire module replacement.
Last edited by LeftCoast; August 1st, 2004 at 01:17 AM.Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
August 1st, 2004, 01:05 AM #5Originally Posted by Jeff_Gordon_24
August 1st, 2004, 10:19 PM #6
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Well, thanks for the help, but the lamp is either hiding away from me or something else, because i couldn't find a way to take it out.
Now, i think i have to pay to get it fixed, if possible.Learning by the day.
August 1st, 2004, 11:19 PM #7
Last edited by LeftCoast; August 2nd, 2004 at 12:35 AM.Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
August 23rd, 2004, 03:57 PM #8
dell has forums >: ) muah haha i didnt know this... time to get a static ip and start spamming them >: ) haha im jk of course
August 23rd, 2004, 04:17 PM #9Originally Posted by Jeff_Gordon_24
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