I have an Inspiron 9300 w/17-inch screen that I've had for a number of years now. A few nights ago I left the laptop on and went to bed too tired to close out of everything. I have the screensaver set to come on in around 3-5min, so I've never been concerned about that.
The following morning when I went back to the laptop to work and rolled my finger over the touch-area to clear the screensaver, there was a very thin vertical white line that appeared from the top of the screen down to the very bottom - even through the taskbar. It's very thin, but there - just off-center to the right.
At first, I thought it just might be a leftover "memory" from something that was on the screen overnight, but I've restarted the computer, unplugged and restarted, cleared and cleaned everything conceivable out, run the defrag - literally, everything I can think of to do, but the vertical line remains.
Anyone that has a clue as to what has happened and how I can fix this would be greatly appreciated. The computer still works, and I can change and do everything I could before on the screen, it's just that the line never goes away! I don't think it's the video card because everything else is running and visible including video and flash graphics. Really bizarre!
Appreciate your time and advice!
Attach an external monitor. If the line shows, the video card is bad. If it doesn't, the screen is bad - it'll need to be replaced.
Holy cow! For what repairs cost these days is it even worth it either way? I see laptops today that cost 1/6 what I paid for this beast back when and they're 5x what's in mine. I don't know what the cost is for a video card or screen, but I see most places here in South Florida charging $70-80 an hour with a two hour minimum!
This sounds like it's gonna be owwie-ville!
It's likely the screen - which, if you replace it yourself, should cost under $100 or so. If you have to pay for labor, I'd agree - it's not worth repairing a system this old.