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Old 04-29-2008, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Drury Lane
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I have an Inspiron 600m, two of them actually. One is my wife's computer and the other one is mine.

The problem involves the ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 video card, or something related to it. When my 600m is used with an LCD projector (EPSON EMP-S5) the image on the screen flickers. It doesn't matter what's on the screen. I've tried all the function modes with the image being on the computer and the screen simultaneously and only projected by using "Fn" + "F8." I've been using this projector with my wife's computer (same model) and have never had a problem. So.......

Here are my two questions.

1. What might be the cause? This seems like a hardware problem to me.

2. How easy is it to replace a video card on a laptop? I've replaced a keyboard before but not this. What can I expect it terms of cost? Any special tools?

I can't send it to Dell or call them because I only had a two year warranty and the two years are up.

TIA
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Old 04-30-2008, 04:12 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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IF you right click > Properties > Settings > Select the Display you want (1 or 2) > Advanced Button > Monitor tab > Ensure refresh rate is above 60 Hz.

That'd be the first place to check.
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Old 04-30-2008, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Drury Lane
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IF you right click > Properties > Settings > Select the Display you want (1 or 2) > Advanced Button > Monitor tab > Ensure refresh rate is above 60 Hz.

That'd be the first place to check.
It's set to 60 Hz. It doesn't give me any other options for frequency rates.
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Old 05-06-2008, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Next step, try updating the video card drivers. Dell's website should have the most current version for your laptop.

Other than that... call Dell?
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Old 05-06-2008, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Oh, and you probably can NOT replace the video card on your laptop. Most of the video cards on laptops are soldered on, and removal is really not an option.
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Old 05-07-2008, 04:54 PM
 
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Oh, and you probably can NOT replace the video card on your laptop. Most of the video cards on laptops are soldered on, and removal is really not an option.
I'll try the drivers download. I can call Dell but it'll cost me because I'm out of warranty. Thanks.
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Old 05-07-2008, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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I'll try the drivers download. I can call Dell but it'll cost me because I'm out of warranty. Thanks.
The call to Dell really shouldn't cost.
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