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That did not work. There is still nothing on the screen after I perform step 4.
The laptop stays on, and it sounds like it is loading correctly.
When I use a flashlight on the screen, I see nothing. The screen looks like I have not turned on the machine.
I will try the external monitor again. One moment.
Nothing on the external monitor
No beeping.The fan, CD drive, and HDD seem to be making the usual start-up noises.
It didn't seem hot, any more than usual. Counterquestion: if the graphics card was fried, wouldn't the backlight and such still turn on? When the issue originally occurred, the backlight stayed on.
OK, so it didn't. Now what>
I tried to increase the brightness, but nothing happened. The monitor still looks as if the computer is not turned on.
I'm using VGA, yes.That did not work. Still getting nothing on either display.
I've got the OS disc, and am willing to do a complete reinstall of Windows, but of course, I need to be able to see the display to do it.
OK. I was using the laptop, and the screen want blank. The backlight was still on, though.I shut off and then restarted the computer, and the screen has remained completely dark. There is no glow whatsoever. It looks like the computer is still off.When I try to turn it on, it still sounds like the computer is starting up.
From your description it sounds like the computer and your data is perfectly fine that's the good news. You said at first the back light was still on but after you shut it off and turned it back on the screen was no longer glowing?
That is correct.
I am a little concerned that I was not able to get anything to display on the external monitor.
nothing on either screen
I've had the machine for 4 years. The warranty is long gone, and I have no experience working with the innards of laptops. Guess I have to take it to a shop.
That is an option and if needed I can show you a video on how to take the machine apart and locate the parts for you if you would like to do it yourself as well. If you do please let me know right away ok. Again I am so very sorry I really am I don't like giving anyone bad news.
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Can you send me a link to this video please?
I sure can. This would give you an idea on how to take it apart and get to the motherboard if needed which the graphics card is built in on. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2zqsG7MIvc&list=PLEBF80971B174EDB5
Here is a link to purchase a replacement motherboard. Here is priceing on one just make sure it's new or tested: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313&_nkw=Dell+Inspiron+1525+Motherboard&_sacat=0&_from=R40
Also if the LCD inverter has malfunctioned which is also a possibility here is a video and link on it's replacement.
Here is the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNzaqgSXmJ0
Let me know if you have any other questions on this.