I picked up a Dell Inspiron 5000e laptop second-hand (Windows ME installed) and I'm trying to get it to work. There are two issues: screen and touchpad. I'm just focusing on the screen for now since I can plug in an external mouse. Here are the symptoms (I think they may all be related):
There are no red flags, exclamation marks, or yellow triangles in Device Manager. Installed video drivers are ATI Rage Mobility-128 AGP 2X (English). I'd appreciate anyone's advice or help; thanks!
If you haven't done so, unplug, remove battery and reseat (remove and reinstall):
1. The CPU (it's on a cartridge)
2. The video card (it plugs into the mainboard).
Both of these are known to creep out of their sockets, causing all sorts of issues with the model.
There's also a huge wealth of information on this model (it's a Compal N30W/N38W2 wearing Dell badges):