FYI... things that can cause this symptom
Bad graphics card
Bad LCD inverter
Bad LCD cable
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The switch shouldn't be at the "front" of the keyboard, unless you're calling the "front" up by the power switch. After looking at the manual more closely, it looks to be around the upper left area near the power switch. The manual says its connected to the fan heatsink, and that should be upper left. Look at the bare chassis, (item 21) on page 19, and look at the where the battery sits. The battery sits in a "well" or hole in the chassis. Now go to page 89/90, and you can see the edge of the battery well... the switch is to the left of the well.
without taking the lap apart, the only place I could surmise the switch being at was one of the latch holes in front of the keyboard
Wow, this thing covers most of your problems! Now I don't know how long your laptop has been out of warranty, but it still mighy qualify for a free repair. I would call HP and see what they say. Be sure to make a LOT of noise if they try to fluff you off! In dealing with vendors, there's a term called "elevate". You evevate to a higher authority any time you don't get a satisfactory answer from the person you're talking to. Elevating a complaint works well in a lot of cases, as many vendors would rather just fix the problem than keep dealing with it. So if HP tries to fluff you off, make sure to tell them you want to elevate your claim... it's worth a try! Let me know how it goes!
Free repair for some out-of-warranty HP Pavilion and Compaq Presario laptops
You are eligible for a free repair if you experience one or more problems with some HP laptops even after the original factory warranty is over. The following laptops are included in the Limited Warranty Service Enhancement program.
HP Pavilion dv2000, dv6000, dv9000.
Compaq Presario v3000, v6000.
This service enhancement program is available in North America for 24 months after the start of your original standard limited warranty for issues listed below; otherwise your current standard limited warranty applies. Customers who already have a 24 month or longer warranty period will be covered under their existing standard HP Limited Warranty.
HP Pavilion dv6000, dv9000 and v6000 failure symptoms:
1. The wireless card is not working properly.
2. Your laptop has no video on both internal LCD screen and external monitor.
3. The laptop has no power and LEDs will not turn on.
4. The laptop will not start.
5. The battery charge LED doesn’t turn on even when the power adapter is connected.
6. The laptop gives you a beep error message on start up.
7. The laptop works fine with an external monitor but there is no image or the internal LCD screen.
Edited by makai, 25 August 2009 - 03:39 PM.
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