Will HP laptop screen stay black on power up

Hewlett-packard Hp/compaq presario v6000...
December 5, 2010 at 20:53:43
Specs: Windows XP
I have a v6000 with no hard drive in it. The unit has power beeps and lights but will the screen light up or stay black with no hard drive. I know these laptops had problems with the screens going out and I got the laptop free so before I buy a new hdd I want to be sure that its not the screen .

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#1
December 5, 2010 at 20:59:26
Beeps usually mean problems. Please record what the beep pattern is and post it here.

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#2
December 5, 2010 at 21:07:11
well I listened to it and realized it wasn't beeping but it was the dvd drive whirring.I don't think the screen could light up without the hard drive but am not sure.

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#3
December 5, 2010 at 21:08:40
a single beep means a successful POST operation (power-on self test). Like Compgeke said, multiple beeps could be a problem. The hard drive being absent or present has no bearing on whether or not the display functions though. In other words, the screen should be working without a hard drive. With no hard drive, you should be able to see (on the display) the activity of the machine booting, and then get a notification that no boot device could be found.

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#4
December 5, 2010 at 21:13:55
thanks jowah I guess it is one of those presarios with a bad screen. I tried to hook up an external monitor to test the laptop but it didn't work either. any thoughts?

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#5
December 5, 2010 at 21:22:08
The external monitor might not work right off the bat. You may have to use a function combination on the keyboard to send the video signal to the external monitor. Look at the keyboard for a key labeled 'fn" or "function" or something similar. Then look at the keys for one that will change the display sending mode. These keys are usually in the top row. On my laptop, which is an acer, I have to use the key combo fn+f5 to toggle between video signal modes. It goes from laptop display, to both displays, to external display only, and then back again. Your key combo is probably different.

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#6
December 5, 2010 at 21:56:58
nope that didn't work either. now I see why it was a free machine thanks.

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#7
December 5, 2010 at 21:58:28
anytime bcarroll1462. good luck.

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#8
December 23, 2010 at 20:08:22
Were you able to find out a solution? I also own the same one as yours.. and its showing the same kind of problem.. The hardware engineer say its the problem of BIOS being corrupted...
Kindly advise if you were able to find a solution for yours.. greatly appreciated.. gulfblues at gmail dot com

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