Thank you again Ray, it turns out I inadvertently pulled the ribbon cable out the LCD. Probably for the best, didn't notice the little hinged piece around the rc was not in it's pivot place as well.
Hope I didn't insult you w/ the 380XD and memory trade, want to do something to make up for the time you spend mentoring me
I changed a screen assy out due to it being black on boot up, and coming on a short time later. The last time it happened it didn't come on until the desktop showed up, and that was after the screen had been adjusted. Does that sound like a power inverter going bad? And I assume the power inverter is the small board just under the screen.
Still trying to find a good primary TP. Want to use my (PATA) SSD so a T43 looks good, and I have a chance to do some minor labor for one w/ a bad GPU. May attempt to fix it via reflux, but don't know if the GPU is even good.
Second choice is an older T61 (not close to the 08/08 recommended) $90. Have yet to flash BIOS, but may try on a T23 first. Would have to buy a SATA SSD in the future.