I've seen, and it will sound weird, that hard reseting a LapTop will help in booting issues.
Disconnect the power and take the battery off. Press and hold power button 10 sec's. Try booting the LP without a battery. This has worked for me, and gives display. Also reseting both the RAM memory and the Hd helps in that too.
Do you hear any sound. Like the "Beep"
just before recognizing the Hd's. Maybe it's just your LCD.
Try using another Monitor to prove this. Holding a flashlight near the screen will prove the backlight is not broken.
It should install the OS in a Hd with the recovery CD just by incerting it in the CD Drive. But you have to see and help with the installation, at least to get it started, not sure how E Machines recovery CD works
Edited by ^MavericK!, 17 October 2007 - 04:41 AM.