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Laptop won't start up

I try to turn my Compaq laptop on, I press the start button, the Compaq logo appears in the start up cycle on the screen, but then the screen goes black and appears to have no power to it. I checked to make sure the laptop is plugged in from a good power sourse, the battery isn't completely drained, (I already checked) and I have also tried completely draining the laptop of power. I can start the laptop in safe mode but when I try to restart it from there to get to the normal mode the screen goes black again and nothing appears no matter what I do. I have tried removing the battery, and starting the computer without it in as well. In the past I had a problem similar to this where the screen would not power up after the laptop had gone into sleep mode, I reseated the RAM and even took the laptop into a service center and it appeared the problem was fixed, so I don't know if this problem is related or not but I have no idea how to proceed. Please help.

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It sounds like your laptop is using it's external VGA adapter for its main display. Try holding down the Function (FN) on your keyboard located on the bottom left hand side and pressing F4 at the same time.

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