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Hi there, I was wondering how I could fix my somewhat "broken"

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Hi there,

I was wondering how I could fix my somewhat "broken" laptop
screen. It's not the type of broken as in a scratched screen, it's
more inside I think. I will upload a picture as one of the issues is
shown where there are flashing grey/white boxes appearing
on-screen whenever I make an action on-screen.
http://imgur.com/XFNYlzL

Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX in any way possible.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Computer
Expert:  Michelle replied 3 years ago.

Michelle :

Hi there, I am Michelle, and i am a licensed computer professional, i see you are asking about broken laptop screen, i think i can help you. I have an overall 9 years of
experience in this area and have helped hundreds of customers in fixing there problems.

Customer:

Hi there.

Michelle :

I believe you are aware that a hardware part identified could be bad and the problem could only be fixed after identifying the bad part and its replaced.

Michelle :

post me a photo of the screen

Customer:

I was not, unfortunately.

Customer:

I have already posted one - http://imgur.com/XFNYlzL

Michelle :

we will be doing the troubleshooting to check if the screen is bad or not

Michelle :

post me a picture of you laptop screen

Customer:

As in a picture, not screenshot?

Michelle :

the screen looks physically damaged or scratched from the top or the display appears bad

Customer:

There are no visible scratches apparently.

Michelle :

so the display is the problem

Michelle :

is it distorted or something

Customer:

No, it isn't.

Customer:

Just the problem I posted earlier

Customer:

Although, from time to time, there are a couple of black lines flickering on and off on the top and bottom of the screen.

Michelle :

flickering can have few causes

Michelle :

bad driver software

Michelle :

loose contact on the micro cable connecting the lcd to the motherboard of the computer

Michelle :

when the flickering appears did you try moving the screen a bit up and down and have you noticed if the flickering gets corrected

Customer:

Yes, I believe so.

Customer:

Indeed it does.

Michelle :

if it does that means the problem is not the video driver its the display micro cable which needs to be replaced.

Michelle :

if you can tell me the make and model i can tell you where you can order one or if you are not comfortable in open laptop or have not opened a laptop before then my suggestion to you would be to get it replaced from a laptop repair technician.

Customer:

I will have to get it replaced then.

Customer:

It is an Alienware M17XR3 from Dell.

Michelle :

absolutely if the screen flickering gets fixed in a particular positing if you move it then its 100% the video cable which is either loose from the connector ends or the cable is cracked.

Michelle :

i will show you how it looks

Michelle :

Full Size Image

Michelle :

i have posted the cable do you see how it looks

Customer:

Alright, I see.

Customer:

Would you know roughly how much such a repair would cost?

Michelle :

have you opened a laptop every before

Michelle :

is the laptop under warranty. how old is it.

Customer:

It has not been under warranty for around a year now, I have had it for at least 2-3 years.

Customer:

Actually, my mistake.

Customer:

I have just checked and it apparently still is under warranty.

Michelle :

if you call Dell they will charge $269 just to identify the cause and will charge about $120 for the cable and shipping will be extra, i have worked previously for Dell so i know the inside.

Michelle :

give me the service tag i can check your warranty and let you know if it has a good warranty or not

Customer:

My service tag is BXMR2Q1.

Michelle :

give me a minute

Michelle :

hi

Michelle :

you there sir

Customer:

Yes.

Michelle :

good news

Customer:

I was hoping for that :)

Michelle :

Next Business Day Support


purchase date : 5/15/2012


Warranty ends : 5/15/2015
Michelle :

you have got next business days support that means you will get a technician onsite at your place

Michelle :

i will give you a number to call all you have to tell them when you move the screen it flickers and the video get distorted.

Customer:

Alright, thank you so much.

Michelle :

they will send a onsite tech to your place and will replace the cable for free.

Michelle :

give me a minute to give you the phone number to call

Michelle :

you are in the UK's correct?

Customer:

Yes, I am.

Michelle :

here is the contact

Michelle :

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Michelle :

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Michelle :

Call: 0800-028-2660

Michelle :

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Michelle :

If you have more questions please feel free to ask i will be happy to answer them.

Michelle :

Thank you.

Customer:

No, that would be all, thank you very much though :)

Customer:

Have a nice day

Michelle :

Thank you for using our service have a nice day ahead.

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