Saturday, a severe thunderstorm blew threw. (Computer turned off, plugged into surge protector at the time.) I heard what sounded like a cannon blast, and the next time I checked my phone, I had no dial tone. I looked at the modem, saw no lights (power, etc.) at all. A while later I tried to turn on the computer, heard it "fire up," and waited for the black screen with the password prompt to show up. Got a black screen with no password prompt. Tried typing in the password (no joy), tried putting in the Windows XP reinstall disk into the CD driver and restarting (hitting CTRL-F12 for all I was worth), no joy. (Had to do a hard shutdown, because the computer was simply not responding to anything.)
I've turned the sucker on a couple of times now, and have noticed that the CD drive containing the Windows XP reinstall disk flashes a green light briefly when I turn on the computer; the green "power" light on the computer does not show at all. I think the hard drive is working, because I hear the normal whirring noise (and fan) when I turn the computer on, but beyond that, I'm flummoxed.
So -- new computer? new motherboard? new power source? new user? new brain?
Edited by hamluis, 25 June 2012 - 04:26 PM.
Moved from XP to Internal Hardware - Hamluis.