why would a laptop screen go black and need a reboot while the computer stayed on?
1) sometimes if I jiggle the power cord on my laptop (without a battery), I lose all power, not just on the screen
2) if I open and close the lid, it rarely blacks out the screen...it only happened once (if I sever the monitor cable...that's a five dollar part and me trying to fumble all day with trying to figure out how to put the machine back together
3) if I don't put the laptop back together correctly, then a bulging part sticks out like a b***r in a speedo
so if it's not the cable, is it the CMOS battery?