Posted 21 April 2012 - 02:59 PM
I re-built my computer about three months ago and now I'm experiencing some issues. I say "re-built" because parts of my elderly, 6 year old PC were re-used to create a new one. I'm using the same monitor, power supply, and shell, and I replaced the graphics card, hard drive, DVD player, fan, motherboard, and whatever else. Here are the specs:
Windows 7, 64-bit
Monitor: Hanns•G HC194D
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500k CPU @ 3.30GHz
Motherboard: BIOSTAR TH67A+
Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 560
For the first two months or so, my computer has been working perfectly and running faster than a cheetah. Just once after the first two or so months of use, I don't remember if I was turning on or off the computer, but I got a message that read "Driver_State_failure". I rebooted it and it worked again, so I thought nothing of it. But around a month later, which is now, I can barely get it to start. Here's what's been happening:
About a week ago my computer went into sleep mode. When I went to wiggle the mouse to revive it, the computer remained running but the monitor stayed completely black, and the little light on the monitor flicked on and off every 3 seconds while making a little ticking noise like a clock. This went on for about 10 minutes before I gave up and just restarted it. My computer then went into "Windows Startup Repair" and fixed itself and turned on again.
Now, this happens every day. I disabled sleep mode so it wouldn't happen again, but every single time I try to turn on my computer, the computer turns on, but the monitor goes black and it ticks infinitely. Every time this happens, I end up restarting my computer several times, and if that doesn't work, I turn off the computer, and if that doesn't work, I switch the power switch on and off until it does. Every time I get the screen to (FINALLY) work, it goes to another black screen that either says "your computer did not shut down properly" or "your computer cannot start properly" and it usually forces me to go to Windows Startup Repair. When it doesn't force me to do this, it just says "Start Windows Normally" (and then it finally works).
Also, I turned my computer's sleep mode off, but I've allowed the screen display to go off after 30 minutes. Usually this doesn't cause the black screen and ticking noise, but just today it did. Fortunately I could revive it after 5 minutes of mouse-wiggling.
I'm assuming this has something to do with the monitor? I just don't understand why it worked so well for 2 solid months and decided to go on the fritz all of a sudden. Also, the monitor worked well with my computer before my computer was refurbished and never had any issues. Also also, if it has something to do with my monitor, how come I have to use Windows Startup Repair every time?
Every day the issue gets worse, and I have to wait longer and try several more times for the computer to turn on. Using Windows Startup Repair is taking longer and longer too. I'm afraid of turning it off now, because I fear one day it won't come back alive. I've backed everything up to my external hard-drive just in case, but I need my beloved computer to work again! What's wrong with it?