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September 6, 2010 10:38:02 PM

I have a Dell inspiron 1525 and it is flickering then goes black screen after alittle time or will go black on start up ---and appears by the lights still on that it is on- but the screen is black and when I try using an external monitor it works fine any solutions to this problem?????
April 8, 2011 2:16:18 PM

shmcphrsn said:
I have a Dell inspiron 1525 and it is flickering then goes black screen after alittle time or will go black on start up ---and appears by the lights still on that it is on- but the screen is black and when I try using an external monitor it works fine any solutions to this problem?????



I have a same problem. How did you solve your problem
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April 8, 2011 8:29:13 PM

I changed the screen and now it works fine... :) 
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April 17, 2011 11:15:41 PM

shmcphrsn said:
I changed the screen and now it works fine... :) 


How do you replace the screen
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April 17, 2011 11:50:25 PM

misslj said:
How do you replace the screen

Buy a replacement screen from a place like Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/INSPIRON-LAPTOP-SCREEN-SUBSTITUTE-REPLACEMENT/dp/B003TPC15A

Make sure you get a replacement screen with the correct resolution (WSXGA or WXGA or WUXGA).

Then consult this service manual for instructions on how to dismantle and replace it.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins1525/en/SM/index.htm

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April 18, 2011 12:22:27 AM

How I changed the screen was by First
1. Prying the small rubber pieces off of the bezel (you'll only need to do the 4 in each corner)
2. Take out the 4 screws in the corners of the bezel then the 6 smallers screws around the side of the screen.
3. Release the cable in the back of the screen and the power connector at the bottom of the screen.
After doing this you'll be ready to put in the new screen.

Hope this helps...
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April 25, 2011 5:44:56 AM

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June 15, 2011 4:19:12 PM

In changing the screen on this laptop your comments are misleading. Will I be removing the entire center control panel or just the display bezel and wires connected from there?? If its jus the display bezel will I be damaging the laptop itself if I don't remove the center control panel and keyboard?? Melissa
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June 15, 2011 4:59:19 PM

10566 said:
In changing the screen on this laptop your comments are misleading. Will I be removing the entire center control panel or just the display bezel and wires connected from there?? If its jus the display bezel will I be damaging the laptop itself if I don't remove the center control panel and keyboard?? Melissa

See the instructions with pictures here :

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins1525/e...
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June 15, 2011 6:27:00 PM

so, if i taking the laptop apart..will changing the screen also take care of the LCD inverter??? Melissa
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June 15, 2011 6:39:03 PM

10566 said:
so, if i taking the laptop apart..will changing the screen also take care of the LCD inverter??? Melissa

If you need a replacement inverter you'll need to purchase it separately as it's a different part number. You can replace it at the same time that you are replacing the screen since you already have the laptop apart.

Replacing the LCD Inverter fixes the following symptoms 17 out of 20 Times :
  • Dim Screen
  • Flickering Display
  • Wavy Lines
  • Blinking Panel
  • Panel Buzzing
  • Shades of Pink
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    June 15, 2011 7:14:13 PM

    My screen is completely black but works on an external monitor. i can still a shadow of the desktop.
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    June 16, 2011 3:09:17 AM

    10566 said:
    My screen is completely black but works on an external monitor. i can still a shadow of the desktop.

    If you can still make out an image on the laptop's LCD panel under a bright light then I would suspect the CCFL (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp) backlight isn't working or is burned out. The inverter powers the CCFL backlight.
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    June 16, 2011 10:40:51 AM

    Thank you. I have already ordered the inverter board. Is it difficult to change the CCFL bulb...or if chaning the screen itself will accomplish this...melissa
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    June 16, 2011 3:49:17 PM

    10566 said:
    Thank you. I have already ordered the inverter board. Is it difficult to change the CCFL bulb...or if chaning the screen itself will accomplish this...melissa

    Replacing the CCFL backlight requires more complex work and involves a soldering iron so it's only for those that are more skilled with this type of work.

    A replacement screen will already have the CCFL backlight bulb installed into it.

    Depending on the vendor you purchase the replacement screen from some will include the inverter along with the screen.
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    June 28, 2011 12:05:45 PM

    hi...its mea agin.. replaced the screen thinking it was the backlight...ordered a new inververter board...still no bright screen. read something about the computer thinking it was closed...something about a pin is possibly stuck...not sure where this pin is located...any suggestions on possible issues.
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    June 28, 2011 5:28:05 PM

    10566 said:
    hi...its mea agin.. replaced the screen thinking it was the backlight...ordered a new inververter board...still no bright screen. read something about the computer thinking it was closed...something about a pin is possibly stuck...not sure where this pin is located...any suggestions on possible issues.

    Try the following first :

    - Remove the battery
    - unplug the power brick cable from the laptop
    - hold down the power button for 60 seconds
    - plugged in the power brick only to the laptop
    - turn on the laptop
    - shut down the laptop
    - reinsert the battery
    - turn the laptop on

    If the above procedures fail then look at the magnetic On/Off Switch that detects whether the lid is Closed/Open. The location of the magnet on the lid cover should give you an indication of the area where the magnetic switch would be located in the base of the laptop.

    Try powering up the laptop with the lid flipped up at a 30 degree angle.
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    June 29, 2011 2:30:15 AM

    thank you for the quick reply... i have tried your steps and still nothing. I have no clue where to locate the magnetic on/off switch..i have taken the top display indicator on the keyboard off and don;t see any type of button that could possibly be this switch...any suggestions...10566
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    June 29, 2011 4:35:13 AM

    10566 said:
    thank you for the quick reply... i have tried your steps and still nothing. I have no clue where to locate the magnetic on/off switch..i have taken the top display indicator on the keyboard off and don;t see any type of button that could possibly be this switch...any suggestions...10566

    I don't know the exact location of the magnet on your laptop but here is an example of what you should look for :

    http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=3740
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    June 29, 2011 4:32:19 PM

    thank you...i don't remember seeing this...the display bezel is the lid...correct.... also..when researching this issue..would upgrading this laptop to windows 7 have anything to do it...
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    June 29, 2011 8:05:23 PM

    10566 said:
    thank you...i don't remember seeing this...the display bezel is the lid...correct.... also..when researching this issue..would upgrading this laptop to windows 7 have anything to do it...

    The display bezel is what you removed to replace the LCD panel.

    The display does not require an operating system to be able to work. When you first power on the computer, assuming the display is working, you should still see something on the display even if it's plain text showing info such as memory amount or pressing a certain key combination to enter the BIOS Setup Utility. This is just the Power On Self Test (POST) phase before control is handed over to a drive containing a master boot record for the operating system.
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    June 30, 2011 11:23:28 AM

    Thank you for your quick response. I think I have exhausted every possible option. I have ran ever diagnostic possible. Updated every drive there is as well as windows 7 updates....and still no change. I did notice however that the new inverter board could be the problem....the item they sent me is shorter than the original and when installed ran very hot...so i removed it and put back the original..I have contacted the company and asked for suggestions. Upon running the diagnostics it came up with error code: 2000-0146...which dell suggested i remove the hard drive and put back in place...still no change. So I am not at no other options unless you can suggest other things to try. Thank you
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    June 30, 2011 6:00:29 PM

    10566 said:
    Thank you for your quick response. I think I have exhausted every possible option. I have ran ever diagnostic possible. Updated every drive there is as well as windows 7 updates....and still no change. I did notice however that the new inverter board could be the problem....the item they sent me is shorter than the original and when installed ran very hot...so i removed it and put back the original..I have contacted the company and asked for suggestions. Upon running the diagnostics it came up with error code: 2000-0146...which dell suggested i remove the hard drive and put back in place...still no change. So I am not at no other options unless you can suggest other things to try. Thank you

    Was the new inverter used with the new display panel or the original display panel?

    Pressing <Fn> <F8> to switch the video image between the display only, the external device only, or the display and the external device simultaneously doesn't depend on the operating system.

    Did you press <Fn> and the up-arrow key to increase brightness to maximum on the integrated display only (not on an external monitor)?
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    June 30, 2011 7:19:01 PM

    I have tried everything ....i am currently waiting for the company that sent me the inverter board to respond to the possibility of sending me the wrong board. the new board is shorter than the original..and when attached runs very hot...so i hoping this is the case..they sent me the 14in vs the 15.4in. what about the hard drive error code...should i be prepared to replace it???
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    July 6, 2011 10:58:49 AM

    hello everyone...update on my laptop...fixed the inverter which seem to bring a little more light to the screen but i found a cinched wire that leads from the lid cover...its a white wire. upon tracing this wire it leads from around the left side of the cover under the keyboard. this leads me to believe the keyboard would have to come apart and i would have to change the lid. does anyone know how difficult this process is??
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    September 17, 2011 4:14:05 PM

    If the problem is sporadic where sometimes the LCD goes black, is this the same problem or some kind of overheating problem? I would hate to replace the LCD or the inverter to only still have the problem. Any help is appreciated before I start to order replacement parts.
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    November 20, 2011 5:22:07 AM

    Same problem here - Dell Inspiron 1525, frequent screen black-out - cathode tubes switched off, but lcd still displays the picture (you can actually see it when it's dark in the room) .
    No software problem here i tought about power management failure in windows vista, but it wasn't the problem. What's more, lately, problem occurs when laptop is left alone, what might suggest corelation with power management system (switches off the backlight and is unable to switch it back on again). But i am not convinced.

    First i tought of overheating problems, i've cleaned cooling system of cpu/gpu. Less noise, lower cpu temp, but the blackouts problem remains.

    So, if LCD still displays the actual image, there is no corelation with top cover movement (no flickering while moving the cover) is there a reason to install new LCD or the problem is in the inverter?

    greetz
    Dave
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    February 8, 2012 1:29:02 AM

    Hey 10566,

    Did you ever figure out what that white wire was for? I just cinched mine when my laptop fell.
    Please email me at tlawre15@uncc.edu

    Thanks!
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    August 15, 2012 6:54:34 PM

    How did this work out for you Dave? I am reading your post and I am presently having the same problem with my Dell Latitude D620. I took it apart to find one wire bare in a spot, no internal wires broken so I taped it and hoped that was my problem. But of coarse it can't be that easy. Sometimes my screen works, sometimes it's very faint. I'd really love to fix it myself instead of sending it in, but I've run out of ideas of what to check.
    Teresa
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    August 15, 2012 7:35:06 PM

    The inverter is the first component I would suspect since the LCD panel itself is still functioning. It's just that the backlight isn't functioning correctly.
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    February 9, 2013 11:21:36 AM

    Have same problem with my Dell 1525...

    Swapped inverter but problem persists. Wondering now if it is a supply problem to inverter as fault is exactly the same as with old pcb fitted.

    Need to investigate further with a multimeter on DC input to inverter to see if supply is fluctuating as it works fine apart from lcd display..

    Typing this plugged into TV's VGA socket !

    Phil..
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    February 18, 2013 4:14:34 PM

    I think I have the same problem with a Dell D430 -- a while ago the screen would flicker black but would come back within a split second.

    About 10 days ago it went completely black (well actually like others have said -- it can be very faintly seen in the dark or with a flashlight on the screen).

    I ordered a replacement inverter and put that in; it worked for about 20 seconds then flickered again and goes to black.

    Now I notice that if I power the computer up from 'cold' it will work for about 20-30 seconds after which it goes very dim/black. If I try repeatedly it goes dim right away.

    Could this be a power supply or heat issue? I also thought that it may be cables going from inverter to the LCD screen?
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    February 18, 2013 5:57:56 PM

    I may have an idea of what "could" be the cause of your problem.

    dantm said:
    I think I have the same problem with a Dell D430 -- a while ago the screen would flicker black but would come back within a split second.

    About 10 days ago it went completely black (well actually like others have said -- it can be very faintly seen in the dark or with a flashlight on the screen).

    I ordered a replacement inverter and put that in; it worked for about 20 seconds then flickered again and goes to black.

    Now I notice that if I power the computer up from 'cold' it will work for about 20-30 seconds after which it goes very dim/black. If I try repeatedly it goes dim right away.

    Could this be a power supply or heat issue? I also thought that it may be cables going from inverter to the LCD screen?


    It may be heat related but i have now found the cause of my problem.

    I too ordered a replacement inverter thinking that all the comments and suggestions pointed to that... However the actual cause of my problem (now fixed) was the tube that lights up the screen. I swapped the inverter and noticed that it worked then flickered, then went off. I could power the laptop up and by toggling between the VGA port and LCD (Have no idea why it made any difference, maybe a surge of current or something !) sometimes it would come on for a few seconds then go black.

    Usual things noted, worked on VGA port, screen was still OK but not lit up...

    The actual cause was the wire on one end of the tube ( I guess it was a push on connector of sorts) had burn out so it was only touching every so often, sometimes never!

    The plastic surround in that area was noticeably burnt and melted. On one instance I managed to get the screen on but flickering. Without the front bezel fitted I touched the bottom left and bottom right of the metal surround (maybe not a good idea in hind sight !, not knowing the output of the inverter ) One side was cool but the other was hot to touch, this was the side I found had the burn out wire. I did a quick fix with a short piece of wire and a soldering iron but wasn't happy to leave it like that. In the end I have replaced the screen complete with new tube and now all is well.

    Hope that may help a little or maybe it has clouded the problem even more !

    Phil
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    March 3, 2013 9:57:25 PM

    phil-w said:
    I may have an idea of what "could" be the cause of your problem.



    It may be heat related but i have now found the cause of my problem.

    I too ordered a replacement inverter thinking that all the comments and suggestions pointed to that... However the actual cause of my problem (now fixed) was the tube that lights up the screen. I swapped the inverter and noticed that it worked then flickered, then went off. I could power the laptop up and by toggling between the VGA port and LCD (Have no idea why it made any difference, maybe a surge of current or something !) sometimes it would come on for a few seconds then go black.

    Usual things noted, worked on VGA port, screen was still OK but not lit up...

    The actual cause was the wire on one end of the tube ( I guess it was a push on connector of sorts) had burn out so it was only touching every so often, sometimes never!

    The plastic surround in that area was noticeably burnt and melted. On one instance I managed to get the screen on but flickering. Without the front bezel fitted I touched the bottom left and bottom right of the metal surround (maybe not a good idea in hind sight !, not knowing the output of the inverter ) One side was cool but the other was hot to touch, this was the side I found had the burn out wire. I did a quick fix with a short piece of wire and a soldering iron but wasn't happy to leave it like that. In the end I have replaced the screen complete with new tube and now all is well.

    Hope that may help a little or maybe it has clouded the problem even more !

    Phil


    Do you have any photos you can post of the light tube and wires?

    My computer just started this 2 days ago. When attaching the laptop to an HDMI monitor I get nothing. I attached it to a VGA monitor today and it worked for just a few seconds.

    Is this the laptop screen or something on the motherboard?
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    March 15, 2013 1:18:55 PM

    smilliken said:
    phil-w said:
    I may have an idea of what "could" be the cause of your problem.



    It may be heat related but i have now found the cause of my problem.

    I too ordered a replacement inverter thinking that all the comments and suggestions pointed to that... However the actual cause of my problem (now fixed) was the tube that lights up the screen. I swapped the inverter and noticed that it worked then flickered, then went off. I could power the laptop up and by toggling between the VGA port and LCD (Have no idea why it made any difference, maybe a surge of current or something !) sometimes it would come on for a few seconds then go black.

    Usual things noted, worked on VGA port, screen was still OK but not lit up...

    The actual cause was the wire on one end of the tube ( I guess it was a push on connector of sorts) had burn out so it was only touching every so often, sometimes never!

    The plastic surround in that area was noticeably burnt and melted. On one instance I managed to get the screen on but flickering. Without the front bezel fitted I touched the bottom left and bottom right of the metal surround (maybe not a good idea in hind sight !, not knowing the output of the inverter ) One side was cool but the other was hot to touch, this was the side I found had the burn out wire. I did a quick fix with a short piece of wire and a soldering iron but wasn't happy to leave it like that. In the end I have replaced the screen complete with new tube and now all is well.

    Hope that may help a little or maybe it has clouded the problem even more !

    Phil


    Do you have any photos you can post of the light tube and wires?

    My computer just started this 2 days ago. When attaching the laptop to an HDMI monitor I get nothing. I attached it to a VGA monitor today and it worked for just a few seconds.

    Is this the laptop screen or something on the motherboard?


    I can't say for certain but it does sound a different problem to mine. Mine worked fine on VGA but never got around to trying the HDMI connector.

    No photos I'm afraid
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    June 3, 2013 5:09:29 PM

    My Dell Inspiron 1501 now has "black" LCD screen. I can see windows very faintly in the LCD. I often leave this oooooold laptop running for days on end processing video. Problem started 3 days ago and now I am typing this plugged into a VGA monitor. LCD display only works for a few seconds then it fades to black - no extra colors, no nothing. Same problem in BIOS or DOS so it's hardware, not power management or drivers. Worrying part is sometimes it loses sync with external monitor so I can't tell what's going on. With the cost of laptops dropping it may not be worth putting more money into this old reliable computer. 2nd dvd burner failed. Keyboard shot (my bad - i spilled coffee on it a year ago). original HD long gone, 7200RPM replacement ran significantly hotter so have to have cooling fans under it, maxed out memory at 2 count em, 2 gigs, windows vista 32 bit. OK, so it is a dinosaur but I hate to see it go bye bye. someone talk me into replacing the top end (screen/inverter). THanks, Richard
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    June 13, 2013 9:44:38 AM

    rkilaru said:
    shmcphrsn said:
    I have a Dell inspiron 1525 and it is flickering then goes black screen after alittle time or will go black on start up ---and appears by the lights still on that it is on- but the screen is black and when I try using an external monitor it works fine any solutions to this problem?????



    I have a same problem. How did you solve your problem

    ALL I HAD TO DO WAS GO TO THE DELL WEBSITE AND DOWNLOAD THE LATEST BIOS. WHICH IS A05 NOW. ONCE I INSTALLED IT, EVERYTHING WORKED LIKE A CHARM.
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    June 26, 2013 7:49:26 AM

    ko888 said:
    10566 said:
    hi...its mea agin.. replaced the screen thinking it was the backlight...ordered a new inververter board...still no bright screen. read something about the computer thinking it was closed...something about a pin is possibly stuck...not sure where this pin is located...any suggestions on possible issues.

    Try the following first :

    - Remove the battery
    - unplug the power brick cable from the laptop
    - hold down the power button for 60 seconds
    - plugged in the power brick only to the laptop
    - turn on the laptop
    - shut down the laptop
    - reinsert the battery
    - turn the laptop on

    If the above procedures fail then look at the magnetic On/Off Switch that detects whether the lid is Closed/Open. The location of the magnet on the lid cover should give you an indication of the area where the magnetic switch would be located in the base of the laptop.

    Try powering up the laptop with the lid flipped up at a 30 degree angle.


    It worked fine. Removing the battery and long-pressing the power button for 30 seconds. Thanks a lot.
    Himanshu, India
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    December 6, 2013 11:51:04 AM

    shmcphrsn said:
    I have a Dell inspiron 1525 and it is flickering then goes black screen after alittle time or will go black on start up ---and appears by the lights still on that it is on- but the screen is black and when I try using an external monitor it works fine any solutions to this problem?????



    Here is the solution http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFbwnBm0Aa8

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