Interesting thing just happened to my Dell Dimension 4400 desktop running XP
My house had a power outage (TV wants new date, cable box rebooted, etc). So I check my desktop and there's no login screen.
Note, this computer has been left running for a good eight or ten years, seldom a problem. New power supply a couple of years ago.
I rebooted and watched the RAM slowly tick up to 2 gig. During this time I hit f12. When the RAM is done, I get a message - "no boot device". So I figure the hard drive has finally crashed. Fortunately, it was a clone of the original drive that I yanked several years ago - it was working fine at the time. Reboot, same thing happens. Same message. "No boot device."
So what gives? Did a power surge fry the mother board?
Could this be a power supply problem?
Can you recommend a cheap surge protector should I need to buy a new desktop computer?
How do I diagnose this?
Thanks in advance. You guys are studs.