Posted 16 May 2009 - 04:57 PM
I recently rescued a Compaq Presario from a trash pile, and certain death, along side a country road. Now I'm trying to get it working so that I can give to my little niece.
I've already overcome a couple of problems, kicked a lot of trash and online game programs to the curb, and installed an additional 1 GB of RAM.
Next comes a problem that I can't figure out. The PC is running Windows XP Home Edition, and something strange is happening.
I would have it running just fine, the length of time would very from 30 minutes to several hours, then all of a sudden it was like the monitor would go into hibernate and get stuck there. I would have to hold the power button to shut the PC down. Then when I would reboot everything worked normally again.
Then after a couple of days of this I went to a Big Box store (by the same initials) and told one of their Techs what was happening. I was told to bring the PC in and that they would run a diagnostic on it for me FOR FREE.
Well their free part was downloading, and then leaving, some AV program to the desk top after having hooked up a monitor, then running the AV program and telling me that there wasn't any virus, and that the PC worked, and that it was going to cost me $79 USD to go any farther.
I told that dude "thank you but no thank you" and was about to leave when I saw a worker that I knew. I stopped and described the problem to him and he said that his best guess would be that the video card was about to die.
So I picked up a new graphics card. When I got home I read the install sheet and while following the instructions I discovered that there was NO graphics card in the PC to start with, it had already been removed.
OK, so I was just starting to go to device manager to disable the integrated graphics card, or whatever it's called, when the monitor shut down again, and nothing would come back on at all. Every time I rebooted the monitor went to sleep within 5 seconds.
Next I'm heading back to the big box store but decided to stop at a little home grown PC repair shop first. That guy hooked the PC up and when it started but didn't boot he opened it up, wiggled a few things around, pulled out the phone modem card, and the darned thing booted right up.
Then when I get home, hook everything back up, and nothing happens ahain! I went back to him and the darned thing boots up with no problem at all.
I noticed that the only difference in our two setups was that my surge suppressor is antique, and has a long power cord, whereas his was new and wired straight into his wall.
So I decided to give plugging the PC and monitor into their own wall outlet to see if that would make a difference..., it did, and the machine booted with no trouble, however, after it had been running for several hours, "WHAM!", the display went black again and all I see is the little yellow light staring back at me once again.
The machine starts, however, it doesn't seem to be able to find the monitor. The monitor is up and running, and blaming the PC for not finding it.
OK, that's pretty much everything that has happened so far. Now I am kind of like a mule stuck between two bales of hay and wondering which one to go to.
So I guess my question at this point is; "Is my problem with the PC's power supply or the video graphics card thingy?
If anyone has any suggestions as to which way I should proceed I'd sure be grateful.
I don't know if I posted this in the wright forum or not but if it's in the wrong place I'll understand if a Moderator moves it.
Thanks for any help and to all who reply.
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HP Pavilion 512n [Rescued from a pile of trash on the side of the road] 128 MB SDRAM, 60 GB Hard Drive, Windows XP, Home Edition, SP3, COMODO Anti Vitus and Firewall.