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Computer Died Overnight Without Warning!


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#1 krisdonofrio

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Posted 06 May 2005 - 01:39 AM

Hi guys and gals....this is my first post and I am hoping that somebody may be able to point me in the right direction here.

I own a puzzle system (lots of different types of pieces) that was working fine for me with no issues at all. I usually leave the system on while I go to sleep so I am able to check e-mail any time I wake up. BTW I work nights so i am sleeping during the day when my bosses are sending me mail. Well, one day I wake up and see that the PC is still on, but I have no screen. I decide to turn the PC off and try to turn it back on. The power supply fan starts, the lights come on the desktop, and then that's it. I get no display, no beeps, no nothing. I have power to the CD Rom drives since I can open and close them and see the lights on them. Does that mean my power supply is ok? What are some things I should do to see what failed? I really liked the system and don't want to lose it. This just happened without warning and has kind of thrown a wrench in my daily activities.
Any help is appreciated.

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Posted 06 May 2005 - 03:51 AM

If your hard drive had died you would still get error messages on the screen. Since you get no display at all it could be your monitor or graphics card. But I'm reading you don't see normal booting activity (Hard Drive LED flickering, beeps, sound of Hard Drive heads seeking) so if that assumption is correct it must be something on the motherboard. If your CDROM works OK your PSU is probably alright but it wouldn't hurt if you can put yours in another machine to test it.

Guessing now - CPU or RAM? Try unplugging your RAM and putting it back only one stick after the other. See if you can get anything up on the screen.

Let us know how you go.

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Posted 07 May 2005 - 10:36 PM

Yay!!! It turns out the problem was the video card the entire time. I had a spare desktop sitting in another room of the house, so i decided for fun to swith the video cards. After the other video card was put it and I turned the PC on, I got a picture and normal boot into XP.
Why my card just went without warning, i'm not sure...but at least my PC is working again.

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Posted 07 May 2005 - 11:57 PM

Glad you fixed it! :thumbsup:

- and thanks for coming back to let us know what happened. :flowers:

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