Posted 03 October 2005 - 10:39 AM
I will try to condense this as much as possible. I have a 6+ year old machine that I keep around to run old software(games).
256m RAM (reduced from 512 as possible solution)
single 20g HD
128m AGP graphics(new, changed BIOs per instructions)
450W PS (new)
MB is Shuttle (BIOS never upgraded)
Original problem was garbled graphics, totally unreadable mis-mash of color. I replaced graphics card. No fix. I replaced PS no fix. Booted to DOS and formatted HD. Reloaded W98SE, SB live, CD/DVD players(HP and Creative), Graphics card, network card and drivers for CH flightstick PRO(gameport). I have not loaded any anti virus or firewall software nor configured internet(comcast broadband). Everything looked great.
Yesterday played Descent III for couple of hours. Looked great ran flawlessly. When I exited the game, screen went black with no cursor. Could not soft reboot. Power button would not power off. Had to use power switch on PS. Turn power switch on ps on and push start button. Computer spins up all lights on front come on. CPU, PS, and extra fans come on, but no POST(no beeps). Cap key will not operate. Cannot turn off numlock.
Earlier in the day when I was installing Descent, I noticed the computer felt much warmer to the touch than usual and when I removed the cd from its drive it was quite hot. Later the heat diminished. FYI the new PS has dual fans and one of them is supposed to kick in when temp requires. The air exhausting the PS was also hot.
What do you think?
dead mb battery?
stuck in hibernation?
Pardon the long post.