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If this were a backlight problem, you probably wouldn't be able to see the Toshiba Splash Screen. Do you see a little dash at the top of the screen? It sounds like your hard drive has lost its MBR (master boot record) or completely failed. The MBR tells the system where to find the operating system on the drive. Try finding a Windows OS install or upgrade disc or your Recovery disc. (For a Windows CD, you'll want to match your current OS.) Alternatively, find a LiveCD of a drive partitioning program (with a repair MBR feature). I've used the True Image and Paragon Partition Manager.
Try to boot from the optical drive. (You may need to access the BIOS to change the boot disc; press F2 after powering up the computer. If you get to the blank screen, then shut down and retry. It takes me several attempts to get into the BIOS.) If you can get the boot CD to work, try to repair the computer. Let me know if you need the details. It will depend on if you are using Windows media or a Partition repair Live CD. You can also try to restore from your backup. (I hope you back up regularly.)
Insert the original Windows CD-ROM into the DVD-drive, and see if the computer will "boot" from that disk. If so, then it could be your 'C:' drive which is having the problem, and thus not "booting" your computer from it.
Repaired! This sounde like a fuelty screen or screen inverter. To check this, connect to an external monitor, if the external works properly, then it's the screen or inverter. If the external doesn't work, let me know and we'll run the problem down to a more indepth (internal) trouble shoot.