Posted 05 July 2009 - 03:34 AM
I have just put together a new computer from parts that I no longer use since I upgraded my main box. It worked fine for 2 days. I installed XP, ran a few games, used the internet, etc. Everything was fine. Today, I needed to install something from a DVD. I don't have a DVD-Rom drive on that computer, so I shared the drive on my vista box (64-bit) and installed over the network. About 10 minutes in, the screen simply goes black, and the monitor light is in sleep/no signal mode. The hard drive light stays on, even though it makes no sound. The restart and power buttons do nothing. I have to physically unplug (although I could use the back PS switch, I haven't tried) it to turn it off. After that, it refuses to do anything. No POST, no beeps, and the hard drive does not spin up. After messing around with the hardware, I tried it with just the ram and video card in. Still nothing. Then I put everything back in, deciding that it was late and I'd take a look at it tomorrow. On a whim, I tried booting it again and it worked. I finished installing the game i started to earlier, then my friends and I messed around with the internet for a while, until the same blackout thing happened again. Rather than randomly pulling apart the computer and putting it back together again and again, I decided to find some help. I have used all these parts together before except the case & power supply, and they worked flawlessly for years. After writing this, I think it may be a bad power supply and I will test a replacement tomorrow. In the meantime, any thoughts?
P4 2.4 Ghz
Radeon 9600 pro w/256 MB
1.5 Gigs DDR
I forget the motherboard, but it's an MSI.
Built in sound and ethernet. (before I used a PCI sound card, but I doubt that's the problem)
Western Digital HD
Generic off-white CD drive
PS: It's not close to overheating. In fact, it's cooler while running games than my main rig is while idle.