Posted 06 September 2011 - 05:32 PM
I was looking at Yahoo IM messages last week. One was most likely a piece of spam/phishing/whatever but the name wasn't in a format I was used to seeing from spammers. I clicked on the name sort of absent-mindedly and the screen went completely black, instantly. No warnings or odd behavior. Then the monitor said "no input signal" and after a few seconds went into sleep mode. My first thought was a virus attack but i've never heard of this happening with a virus. In fact, Yahoo probably had nothing to do with it. But who knows?
I disconnected the internet cable, tried to boot from another disk, checked all the connections between the monitor and the computer, and blew the dust out of the video cards fan. Still just black, with 3 clicks(beeps) coming when i tried ti reboot. Motherboard manual says 3 beeps means video error. So I went to Best Buy and got a new card, pretty confident this would fix it. But no...still just a black screen. I'm pretty sure Windows is still running, but I can't tell for sure. I have to shut down by holding the power button down.
The machine's been acting kind of weird for several weeks. Hanging a lot, so I've had to power down with the power button. I've been expecting something to fail...figuring the hard drive would go soon. I was going to start backing up files in case that happened.
This is a custom-built PC. Here's the profile:
2.8 GHz dual-core AMD CPU, 64-bit ready
2 Gb RAM
nVidia GeForce 8500GT 512 Mb DDR
Windows XP, SP 2
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.