When booting laptop screen stays blank

After reinstalling Windows XP was doing a reboot and the laptop screen just stayed blank.  You can hear the fans going and hear the hard disk working.  There is one single beep.  Any ideas on what the problem could be?  I don't know what to do since there is absolutely nothing on the screen.  If you need anymore info please let me know what I can provide.

Thanks
MrWeenAsked:
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PUNKYCommented:
Try hook up to external monitor see if you have video signal.
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MrWeenAuthor Commented:
Duh, why didn't I think of that.  Well that seems to work.  So does that mean the display on the laptop is dead?  or is there some way to troubleshoot that now?  Plus it seems to continuously boot into safe mode.  Thank you for your help.
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PUNKYCommented:
It is too soon to rule out the lcd screen is dead, though. The Insp. 9300 has video card (not onboard video), so if you could reseat the cable see if it helps first? Link below is how to:

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins9300/sm/sullivaz.htm#wp1006390

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins9300/sm/sullivae.htm#wp999507

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mikelfritzCommented:
Try going into safe mode (F8 at boot) and set all video to lowest (if you can see the screen even that far). I doubt you blew a screen or video card by doing a reload.  
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ded9Commented:
Hi,

Step 1 make sure you do not have external hard drive or flash drive connected.

Setp2 make sure you do not have two hard drive connected. If its connected. Disconnect it.

Step3 connect only one ram to the computer and then try to install windows xp.

Step4 Also try reseatting the ram. and then check.



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Computer101Commented:
Forced accept.

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