My other comp stopped booting yesterday, and it seems to be showing me two problems (though I suspect only one). First I thought the power supply died because hitting the on-switch only produced a quick burst of power before immediately shutting down again. To try booting it again requires pulling out the power cord and replacing it each time. I tried my extra power supply on it and everything came on and stayed on, but the monitor wouldn't click on and the hard disks just idle. It's almost like they're not being prompted to do anything. I tried switching back to the other supply and it decided to work again...so i'm not sure what the actual issue is.
The problem(s) started after I opened my comp to clean it out a bit. I noticed a bunch of caked-on dust sitting on the cpu's heat sink (and fan), so I removed both to clean them off. Is it possible that i damaged the processor when i was pinning the heat sink back down or something? Could I have wiped out the bios somehow?
The OS is XP Home, cpu is an Athlon XP. I just recently added a 512 mb ram stick, but i doubt that it has anything to do with whats going on. Thanks for reading, and for any help anyone might be able to give me.
Edited by Mikey357, 15 May 2006 - 08:21 AM.