Question: PowerBook 100
I have had a PowerBook 100 for a while, but I've been studying it recently (because I just found the floppies to start it up). The Lead-Acid main battery is shot (this computer spent 10 years in a basement) and I believe the PRAM batteries are shot. Whenever I plug the AC adapter in, I get the dark screen problem (a bluish screen with the backlight on). I press the two buttons on the side simultaneously and the screen shuts off. I can power on the computer and hear the hard disk spinning and see the cursor (which responds with the trackball), but the PB needs the floppy drive with Disk tools to startup.
Once the PB is started up, it can run pretty well. But when it's loading items from the floppy drive, the screen flickers when the floppy is reading info unless I set the screen to maximum brightness. It's not a big problem to me, but is that supposed to happen?
I would just like to see if there are any ways I can revive the HD and get it recognized to reinstall the OS without having to buy a new HD. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Compaq Presario v2000, Windows XP