How come my laptop screen turns purple?

by on May 25, 2010

Q: I have a Dell Studio 1537. I have had several different problems with my laptop, most of which I have dealt with in one way or another. The first thing that happened was that my power button (literally) fell apart. It stopped lighting up, it stopped clicking, and then it stopped working altogether. My boyfriend cobbled it back together and it works again. Next, I got small bright white spots in various spots on my screen, as well as a few dark spots. It hasn’t gotten worse, my warranty ran out awhile ago, and I simply don’t have the money right now to replace it. My hard drive fried at one point as well, but at that point, it was still under warranty, and dell replaced it (hooray!).

THE NEW PROBLEM IS…. my screen keeps turning purple. No, it’s not a “purple-blue”, or yellow-green, or ANY kind of thing where the color is not the right tint. My screen literally turns purple. Everything displayed turns a shade of purple, and usually there are lines running through it. I have tried re-starting my computer, moving the screen, etc- it does nothing to it. The only thing that will fix the problem (although temporarily) is to tap (or smack) the sides surrounding the screen, and sometimes even this doesn’t work. I don’t know if this helps, but when my screen freaks out like this, and I try and move the mouse, it is as though the cursor lags- I don’t know how to explain it other than that….. It moves, disappears, then shows up basically where you moved it to (without seeing it)….

Hopefully this was understandable.

Can anyone help me solve the mystery of what is wrong with my screen? I kinda need my laptop for my college work.