Posted 28 September 2012 - 08:08 PM
It appears that my monitor will suddenly go into "power save" mode. I originally thought I had malware, but i spent quite some time running various malware programs and none of them showed up positive for malware. My problem would occur when I ran search assistant...the mouse would lock up, and then my computer screen would shut down like it was going into hibernation, and then just go dark. The actual computer would not change(blue power light remained constant). My monitor power light would go from blue to amber like it does when hibernating. I tried unplugging the monitor, but it would not come back to life. It seems to me that when the computer is working hard, the monitor cuts out. I found a fix for my search problem, and my machine currently works fine. Unfortunately, i am one of those guys that needs to know the cause of a problem.
My computer is a Dell Inspiron 530 (build date 12/26/2007) running XP Home SP3. I would like to learn the cause of my problem, rather than just throw this relic away and buy a new one. My research shows that OEM's cheap out on PSU's/motherboards/graphic cards etc. I am pretty sure that I have a hardware problem. Can anyone recommend a good diagnostic application? i ran Speccy and the only thing I notice was the graphics card was running hot, at least i think it was..it was the hottest component in my system.