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When I turn on my power button on my Dell laptop, the screen just flashes red green blue white black and then repeats that.

This happens as soon as the computer turns on. What can I do to fix this?

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migrated from Sep 15 '11 at 3:33

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If I had to design an LCD test, that sounds like the perfect description. I'm going to guess dead video card on the machine. Plug in an external monitor and report back -- the folks on Super User will probably want to know the results. Maybe iFixit has pre-written guides for your problem? – sarnold Sep 15 '11 at 1:38

Dead video card is a common problem on the XPS M1730. Do you have warranty?

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The video card was dead as well as other problems related to the keyboard. Dell was not clear in what the problem was. They sent me an Alienware to replace it.

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