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Windows 7: Dell Inspiron with windows 7 very very very dim

07 Feb 2015   #1
nighthawk01

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 
Dell Inspiron with windows 7 very very very dim

I upgraded my old Inspiron 9400 from xp to windows 7 and when I installed the drivers for my graphics card (x1400) my screen has gone very very dim and can only be seen with a flashlight. Can anyone help?


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07 Feb 2015   #2
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

There should be a couple of keys on the motherboard for brightening or dimming the screen, usually a combination of the Fn key plus another such as F5, F8, etc. Notebooks/Laptops vary on that point. Also, not knowing the Service Tag number I couldn't check at Support | Dell US as to the drivers available that are compatible with Win7.
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07 Feb 2015   #3
nighthawk01

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 
Checked

I checked their site but nothing is there... One thing I know is that there was once windows 7 on here... Working. But now when I install it it doesn't work. Only xp works
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07 Feb 2015   #4
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

There's a possibility the drivers for Vista would work. Also be sure to get either 32-bit or 64-bit version according to which Windows is installed although the incorrect version shouldn't even install.
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07 Feb 2015   #5
nighthawk01

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 
Tried that

I tried that but it told me that it is not compatible or whatnot. I think that xp is creeping up on me. I still have the original OEM disc from it
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07 Feb 2015   #6
maxie

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

Try to Install the Chipset Driver and also the QuickSet Application ..

That should help with your Function Keys ...


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08 Feb 2015   #7
nighthawk01

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 
Oh well.

When I connect an external monitor and use quickset it says brightness is 100% but the screen on the laptop is very dim
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08 Feb 2015   #8
nighthawk01

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Maybe my screen is finished? On the dell boot screen it's dark as well
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08 Feb 2015   #9
maxie

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

Do you have a Monitor you could try ? ....
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08 Feb 2015   #10
nighthawk01

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Oh and if it helps the right fan when it's on makes a very very loud rattling/grinding noise
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