I know the machine very well. The usual death is from lack of maintenance and one owner fried the CPU when they powered it up with out the CPU heatsink installed.
Ours are 5 years old with yearly maintenance (you can imagine as a moderator I learned this years ago) so while ours work what I learned is this machine is not for the no-maintenance crowd. It's likely that one of the usual items is fried such as the CPU, GPU but here's the bottom line. Repair costs more than a new machine.
a friend of mine brought me his laptop which is a Compaq Presario R3000. the problem is that there is no display. the laptop runs normally--lights come on, fans n hard drive spin. i connected an external lcd monitor to the laptop, but still no display. i cleaned the ram & its slot but still had the same problem. the guy removed the ram at home or probably gave it to another friend. so i installed a 256 ddr266 from my cousin's laptop. even without ram it gave no beep sounds.
this is the 1st time i've encountered this sort of problem with both screens not displaying anything. any ideas???