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In both cases you lcd screen has died, the backlight will usually go first.
Fixing them is easy, a new lcd screen assy can be purchased from ebay for less than 45 dollars. It only take the removal of 2 screws to replace it. Read throught the procedure below. Sidekick 3 LCD Flip Screen Replacement
Get to the emergency call screen then hold down the Menu button (the one with the 3 lines), shift button and the letter Q at the same time for about five seconds and let it go. It will probably not happen the first time but do the same steps as mentioned again. Once you let it go the phone will ask if you are sure you want to completely reset the phone scroll to yes and hit ok. If you do not want to lose any stored data then this is not the method for you all data, contacts, etc. will be deleted. This worked for the Tmobile sidekick II Hiptop.
If it still turns on, than the problem is the screen. Really, the only thing you can do is replace it. You can buy a new screen on ebay, and get a tool too. Just take out the screws on the metal flip part(you need a special tool), and then detach the ribbon very carefully. You can take out the Phillips screws on the screen cover to replace the screen only or just replace the whole thing with the cover already on.