Latitude will not display anything

I picked up a Dell Latitude D430, that was being used on a docking station.  I was just going to wipe it clean and reload software.  However I got the machine to my place nd can not get anything on the screen.  I tried the FN + F8 combo and even connected a screen to the outboard vga port.  Still nothing.  The screen doesn't even back light.  The power comes on.  Lights light up but I really never hear any of the usual noises turning things on.

Any ideas?
iFrogAsked:
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BITS_LAConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You may have a power issue (to stay positive). Try removing the battery, disconnect the power cord and pressing the power button a few times to clear the internal charge. Then try using the laptop on just the charger, no battery

Reseating the RAM is another way to test it. To do this simply remove the RAM and reinstall it, switch the modules around. After that try booting with no RAM to see if you get an error code in the form of beeps, if not then the board may be fried. Again I would try these with no battery and only the charger.

Lastly, you may want to pull the drive to see if it is functional using a caddy or enclosure.
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remixedcatCommented:
take the battery out and use it on a/c power?
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iFrogAuthor Commented:
Well one issue I didn't take the ac adpater for the laptop.  I am using a Targus power adapter.  

I tried removing the battery and clearing the internal charge.  Also removed ram and tried connecting the drive differently, but still nothing but a black screen.
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BITS_LACommented:
The Targus, if compatible, should be fine. No Beeps with the RAM removed?
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remixedcatCommented:
would that adapter be the problem? I know some aren't made for some laptops. i can't use my mom's acer laptop adapter with mine evne though they use the same connector.

close the lid with the power on and open it.

I also did a forced restart as well.

had a client's HP that did the same thing. this brought it back to life.

sometimes it is caused by improper suspend/standby operations.
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cripplecaptainCommented:
If I am reading this right lights on the laptop light up indicating some amount of power flow?

If so the most common issue with older laptops known to run hot is that the solder on the BGA chip has crystalized and cracked (its more common then you think not always properly diagnosed) I had this issue with a dell inspiron 1420 two weeks ago.

Any one of the following symptoms can indicate a BGA solder issue

¦Weird colored screen (grey, green, red etc..
 ¦Scrambled or pixelated screen
 ¦Divided split screen (2 screens up to 12 split screens)
 ¦Screen black however backlit
 ¦Screen black with no backlight however blue lights come on the quickplay panel
 ¦Turns on then shuts off immediatly
 ¦Turns on and beeps 3 times (1 long and 2 short)
 ¦Turns on, black screen and keeps restarting by itself
 ¦White or grey screen sometimes with horizontal lines
 ¦Press power button and nothing happens what so ever (seems dead)
 ¦Intel models boot to backlight but no screen
 ¦Cant load Nvidia driver, can only run in VGA mode

To temporarily fix this issue you can rework/reflow the solder with a heat gun (paint stripper) the permanent fix is to reball the bga chip (this requires a minimum of $200 up front equipment at which point you should use a mail away service if you are doing this as a one time thing)

The heatgun reflow hower is incredibly easy to do and it does work as it has fixed this inspiron 1420

Here is a somewhat decent video on youtube of how to do this with a heat gun http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJI9mSEe-1U

I can walk you through the process as well as I still have a number of videos and pictures from my recent inspiron reflow.
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nobusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
here my laptop troubleshooting guide :
- if no display - test with an external monitor
- test also with a known good battery !
- remove battery and AC adaptor, hold power button for 20 sec, connect AC and reboot --> any display ? if NO -->
- disconnect all disk and cd drives, battery , and other cards and peripherals, leave only 1 ram stick
- boot -->any display ?
- if NO remove all ram and reboot --> if NO beeps, mobo or cpu bad ; if it beeps, replace ram stick
-if you can access the bios battery, remove the battery, AC, and bios battery for a minute to reset the bios
or test it, it should read 3 V
*** you can test the disk on another pc, if you like !

for troubleshooting the display (LCD) problems :  http://www.lcdparts.net/howto/troubleshooting/troubleshootingLaptop.aspx      LCD troubleshooting

bad invertor or CCFL bulb?  Thanks to Grant1842 : http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Laptops_Notebooks/A_5022-Test-if-your-inverter-is-bad-or-your-CCFL-bulb-in-the-LCD-sceen-is-bad.html
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iFrogAuthor Commented:
I have to run the system with no additional RAM.  Any additional ram keeps the screen from appearing.
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nobusCommented:
that sound s like a bad slot...
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