First post here. Two days ago I went to start my mom's computer as mine isn't unpacked yet and the lights came on the computer case but nothing on the monitor and I believe the CPU fan was whirring at high speed and staying there. I turned it off, unplugged it until the light on the mother board went out, replugged it and it booted as normal when I pressed the power button.
The next day it started fine.
Today, the third day I had the problem again. I tried the previous steps but it did not work. Then I turned the monitor off tried again and it worked again.
Any idea what may be going on? We were involved in the major power outage of San Diego on September 9th and I was using the computer when it went out but the surge protector did not trip. The computer had also been really slow lately.
It's quite old. A 2004 Gateway Media Center Edition of Windows XP SP3. Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.0 GHz. 2 GB RAM.
Edited by hamluis, 15 September 2011 - 03:22 PM.
Moved from XP to Internal Hardware.