Re: blank screen - hdd issue?
Ouch. Even if hard drive was bad you could get around in bios just fine. Unfortunately it sounds like some issue with the motherboard. The battery just saves your bios settings and if it was powered up it would not be required. You could try some type of boot disk as a check but I do not believe it would do anything but is worth a shot.
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