If it's a loose connection, the first thing I'd re-seat would be the flex cable, instructions here:
Best of luck!
Chances are the backlight or inverter is failing. If you are under warranty, call Dell; they will replace the screen.
If you're not, a notebook repair shop can repair the screen at much lower cost - $150 or so vs. $700+ for a new screen.
Message Edited by April L on 09-01-2004 06:19 PM
Message Edited by johnallg on 09-01-2004 11:53 PM
April L, if you just received it and it is playing up then just send it back to Dell and get a refund then re-order another, yo should not have to put up with faults.
For the original poster, as mentioned your backlight/inverter is probably dead. If you still can see a shadow image then its definately your backlight/inverter. If i'm not mistaken you can replace the inverter without changing the whole LCD which is cheaper. But as far as parts are concerned i thick its easier to find the whole LCD with inverter.