My computer went out the other day. I was on it then all of a sudden monitor went to sleep. I can turn computer back on, but monitor goes right to sleep. no greeting screen or anything. I've had this problem before and resetting BIOS by taking out battery for a few minutes seemed to work (this was months ago and have had to do it twice actually in the past year), but not this time.
So I'm thinking it's the video card which is on board. Would buying an el cheapo card work or is the computer done with since it's on board video.. is there a way to make sure it's not the hard drive or anything else? Without unhooking anything major There is no POST beeps when I turn it on Also, say if I turn it on let the computer load it and boot windows etc.. Even with monitor off and external speakers plugged into tower, would it still make that noise windows makes before it either goes to desktop or user selection?
Also, tried resetting CMOS by hooking up the jumpers to 2 and 3, and then back to 1 and 2. I then un hooked everything drives, RAM, etc (except power to mobo) both power and data cables, and still nothing. not even the BIOS menu. I did however get beeps this time a pattern of 1 short, 1 long. Im guessing it was for the RAM not being in (and yes before I took them out I made it sure it was tightly in and even tried to reseat it).. So, if I get beeps finally does that rule out a mobo problem and I should look into a real GPU or possiblty finding a way to test the PSU to see if its putting out enought power?