I'm having problems with my laptop, when I power it on you can here it starting up but the screen stays black, I have to turn it off and on a few times before the screen comes on. Once it is on it works great and I have no problems with it. It's a Compaq Presario cq56, any help would be gratefully appreciated
Answer Unfortunately when it comes to laptops, troubleshooting and repairs are somewhat of a challenge, especially without actually looking at it.
I'd say it's probably the screen going bad. In which case your only option is to get it replaced. Purchasing a spare part laptop lid/screen from eBay and having someone replace it is probably the cheapest option.
However, that is still just my best guess. It would be a good idea to take it into a local computer shop and have them give you a better answer from examination of it.
Areas of expertise: PC Hardware, Peripherals, Barcode Scanners, Printers, and Applications, Networking, Microsoft Applications. I am good at researching issues and have a lot of contacts in the IT industry. So, if I can't directly answer a question I can likely find the answer.
Areas I won't be much help in: Apple Computers, Linux, older Networking technologies like Token Ring, or Thick/Thinnet.
I'm currently a Network Administrator for a contract circuit board manufacturer in Oregon, USA.
I've been working on PCs from a hobby standpoint for better than 25 years. I've been doing it professionally for 4+ years.