Hello, My Dell Inspirion 8600 (circa 2003) w/ Win XP Pro (SP3) 40GB USATA (IDE) HDD, 1.5GB RAM screen failed and I need to know if the problem is with a burned out graphics card. Here's what happened: After an overnight backup, the next morning the laptop's fan could be heard and I turned on the monitor. The monitor stated it wasn't getting a signal. So I disconnected it to see if I could get the 8600's screen to show something and what it showed I had never seen before. The best description is it looked a lot like an out of focus old newspaper. White-ish background with black vertical blotches (looked just like print columns you see in a newspaper) and these blotches would slowly progress into a more out of focus look. I rebooted and the monitor gave the same No Signal statement and I could hear the HDD being accessed. The laptop screen started a fresh newspaper look again. I then guessed right that pressing Enter would put the unseen cursor into the logon box and so I was able to enter my password and logon, although I couldn't see it I could hear the HDD going through it's usual boot up routine. I've removed the HDD and put it into a USB enclosure and there seems to be no problems with it. The graphics card on this laptop is a 128MB nVidia GeForce FX Go 5650 4X AGP Graphics card which is integrated with the motherboard Dell No. CD770. Due the expence of replacing it, I hope the problem is something else. Please advise. Thank you!
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Need Diagnosis help - Dell Inspirion 8600