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RivalOfTheRose
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My wife has a Dell Inspiron Laptop.

Every once in a while when the the top half (the screen) gets moved or wiggles a bit, the screen goes blank for like a half a second.

What could I do to further diagnose and/or fix this problem?

EDIT: Update - now I only notice it after long periods of inactivity. There isn't any real problem when I move the screen open/closed. It only happens when it gets booted up, or after we haven't used it for a few hours. Any other suggestions?

[ December 10, 2009, 04:54 PM: Message edited by: RivalOfTheRose ]

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TomDavidson
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The problem is almost certainly the screen connector in the hinge. Unless you're fairly technical, you should send it in for repair.
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cripees... thanks
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Just an fyi: I agree with Tom on this.
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RivalOfTheRose
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bump plz
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Um, OK. I agree as well.
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RivalOfTheRose
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any ideas why it would only be after periods of prolonged rest?
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Thermal expansion.
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RivalOfTheRose
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what do you mean by thermal expansion?
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Stuff gets hot, it expands. Stuff gets cold, it contracts. An intermittent problem, with symptoms that suggest a physical cause, is often the result of thermal expansion/contraction causing an intermittent open or short circuit. The fact that it happens only when you haven't used the computer in a while (when it's colder) supports this theory. If it only happened after the computer had been on for a while that would also be consistent with thermal expansion.

It could be the connector on the screen cable where this is happening, or it could be a microfracture in the cable itself.

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