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JSI Tip 3469. Dell Inspiron screen turns black during Windows 2000 setup?

When you try to setup Windows 2000 on a Dell Inspiron 7500, 7000, or 3500 laptop, the display goes black?

If the BIOS is set to SIMUL, the Inspiron can display on the LCD and on an external monitor.

Windows 2000 setup directs all display output to the external port.

To resolve the issue, download the latest BIOS flash from the Dell Support Site and install it. Then perform one of the following:

1. Temporarily change the BIOS setting to LCD.

2. Leave the BIOS set to SIMUL and connect an external monitor.

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