Posted 01 September 2006 - 01:19 PM
first post here so go easy...
my computer has started playing up and has been getting gradually worse, I think a piece of hardware is malfunctioning but i'm not sure which bit so i'll give you details of the problem and with any luck you guys can point me too what probabily needs replacing.
The first sign of something being wrong was that the signal to the screen would it cut out during, or just after start up (screen would turn to stand by). This happened once every so often but would usually be rectified by another re-boot.
This morning things took a turn for the worse though as not only would screen turn off but the system would lock up during start up and took about 6 re-boots to get it to start up successfully. once its booted up it works fine though.
orginally i thought the graphics card was going due to the screen turning of, but now due to it locking up aswell i think the motherboard may be going out. i don't think there is a software comflict as in my experience this kind of conflict would stop the computer booting up every time, not just 6/7 times.
Thanks for any replies guys. and for the sake of the rules i am running xp with all the service pack updates, i'm not sure what my motherboard is but its a few years old, has a pentium 4 on it, an agp slot, and all the other usual stuff.