I have a unqiue problem with 2 HP computers (desktops). One has a XP OS, the other has the Vista OS. The XP HP is roughly 4 years old, the Vista less than a year.
About a year ago, the XP begun to suffer from a loss of monitor signal though the computer remained on. The XP desktop did have a couple strange symptoms including its blue power light changed to yellow and began to blick and I could not power it down, regardless of how long I held the power button in, short of pulling the power cord. I would then wait for the blinking to stop, replace the power cord, and turn the computer back on which would act as though nothing happened.
The new Vista was intended to resolve the problem (or more honestly, put it off) but recently, it too has had a similar issue except that I can turn the desktop power off by holding in the power button. Again, re-booting seems to correct the problem although with both computers it may take a couple reboots to keep the computer on line.
The problem has occurred with different monitors and I have checked the video cables with each. Each obviously has a different power supply and video card so this too does not seem likely to be the problems orgina. I am suspecting it may be related to the real player program as both computers seem to have a far greater chance of crashing (or is this a mini-dump?) when downloading videos or programs, than anything else. I have checked both computers for malware/viruses, but found nothing.
I have placed this in the internal hardware catagory, but frankly, I do not know if this is a hardware or software issue .... Thoughts?
Edited by erpo, 22 December 2009 - 12:32 AM.