I'm a complete noob when it comes to computers, so I'm hoping I can explain my problem clearly enough and also understand everyone's suggestions!
I have a Dell Dimension 4600 since 2004, so I reckon it's kinda reaching its capacity. Anyhow, I had some problems with my CPU a couple of months before my monitor seized up. I'll list them out, in case they offer more clues to diagnostics.
Whenever I boot my CPU, it says Diskette 0 not found and I always have to press F2 to configure the time and date. After a while, I realised that if I don't switch off the AC socket, I can bypass this process whenever I boot up. I think the "CMOS battery" is dying, but I'm really not sure.
Some months before, the monitor started flickering badly. I solved the problem "temporarily" by installing the newest NVIDIA drivers. Nothing much happened afterwards.
I just moved house and I didn't use my PC for 3 months or so, preferring to use my Dell laptop because of the convenience. Just 3 days ago, I set it up after getting a computer table and everything worked OK until this afternoon.
When I booted up earlier, the monitor did not respond. Usually, with the Dell monitor, I know if it "synchronises" with the PC by its yellow and green lights respectively. If it's yellow, I have to "switch off" the CPU and turn it on again. Also, when I flip on the AC switch for the monitor, it usually flashes a quick "Dell" logo even before I switch on my PC. This time, there's none.
As the CPU loads Windows fully (the Windows theme song is played on the speakers), the monitor's light is green as it should be, but there's absolutely no images. Just completely black. I don't have another standalone monitor to gauge if it's the monitor, the CPU's fault or the "wire" which connects the monitor and the CPU, so I don't know whether I should buy another of that "wire" just to see if it works.
I actually did try using that "wire" and connected it between that monitor and this laptop. When I right-clicked and selected that the Graphics be used on "monitor", my laptop's monitor turned black but my monitor still remained unresponsive (with its green light on). Faced with 2 blank monitors, I didn't know what else to do, so I had to switch off my laptop "manually" by pressing down its power button.
I don't know what's causing my monitor to stop responding completely, and I'm absolutely bad with hardware. Short of sending everything to the nearest repair shop (in which I reckon I'll pay a BOMB), I am at my wit's end. I hope somebody knows the solution!
Edited by teabie, 09 March 2008 - 07:44 AM.