I have a dell inspiron 1100 labtop (about 4-5 years old) that I use at home and in my car for datalogging the cars information while driving/racing.
To put it simply, when I start the computer up, it runs, but the screen is black/blank the whole time. Now keep in mind some issues I had previously were the following:
1) while the computer was running, the screen would go blank out of no where. We found out that the harddrive was shot and replaced it.
2) While using my labtop in the car, I'd notice that the screen is not as sturdy as it was brand new...meaning when we'd hit bumps on the road,,,the screen would move slightly due to possibly the hinges not being tight any more? Well anyway, with this movement, I suspected that was one of the reasonings why my screen would all of a sudden go blank/black. Because if I'd use both of my hands to hold the screen so it wouldn't have a chance to move, it seemed like the screen would be ok and not shut off/turn black.
Those were the "beggining" issues before this black screen at startup thing happened. Not sure if they're related or not.
Anyway, now is now, and the screen doesn't light up at all. I see nothing at start up, yet the computer will run until I shut it off manually.
Any info would be appreciated...