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Is this poor old XPS M1210 finally dead?

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I'm using a Dell XPS M1210, purchased sometime in the Middle Ages. It has been functioning quite well as a nightlight and jukebox. Then, apropos of nothing, the screen went dark.

I plug in an otherwise working external monitor. For some reason, the external monitor remains dark, even though the laptop's screen does light up for a moment -- albeit in orange print -- when it is first booting.

The laptop's display otherwise remains black, except that once or twice it has flickered briefly, again in orange, showing some apparently diagnostic text that is gone before I have a chance to detect what it is.

Holding or repeatedly hitting Esc, F1, F2, F8, F10, F12, or Del during bootup seems to have no effect. Likewise attempting to boot a live Linux USB.

I would assume the motherboard is dead, but I'm seeing intermittent hard disk and WiFi LED activity.

In short, I do get a very brief orange splashscreen when it first boots, but that's almost the only sign of life from any display. Other diagnostic ideas? A prognosis?

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Re: Is this poor old XPS M1210 finally dead?

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Sounds like the motherboard. Is there anyway you can check the integrity, stability, etc., of the hard drive? I don't know that the intermittent activity means that motherboard isn't dead. Good luck.

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Re: Is this poor old XPS M1210 finally dead?

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Sounds like the motherboard. Is there anyway you can check the integrity, stability, etc., of the hard drive? I don't know that the intermittent activity means that motherboard isn't dead. Good luck.

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raywood2
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I guess it must be the motherboard. The hard drive checks out OK in CrystalDiskInfo.

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For posterity: more specifically, I think it's the motherboard's video circuit. I just reformatted the hard drive and restored a working drive image. It made the sounds of booting Windows XP; the hard drive light ran as expected; but the only video I saw was, as before, the initial BIOS bootup screen, in orange; otherwise it was dark; and that was also the situation when I tried two different external monitors via the VGA cable.

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