okay just tried restoring it with the software and still no luck. still has a blank screen after the motorola logo goes away and the backlights still work
ok update. i took the droid apart completely just to see if reseating all the ribbon cables would make the screen come back to life. so now when i turn on the motorola droid, the logo doesnt appear either but the phone still fully powers on and i still get the backlight on the keys.