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Black screen I was looking over my computer to see if I'd be able to replace the CD drive but then it wouldn't turn on. The RAM was loose and after correcting that, it started up okay - I can hear Windows starting. However, the screen won't turn on - any suggestions?

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Hook it up to an external monitor, if everything works properly, then check the screen connections, one may have worked loose. Screens will go out without warning, so, if the connections are good and it works with the external it may be the screen. If the external doesn't work then it's an issue with the video card.

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