My desktop seems to have crapped out on me.
I was surfing (Firefox) and downloading (Azureus) when it froze, completely. No mouse movement, not accessing anything… Just dead.
I waited a while and it stayed there, so I hard reset it. Now, it just gives me a blank, black screen… It doesn’t even show BIOS, and the monitor doesn’t seem to be getting a signal (yes, I checked the cables… And the monitor tells me when the cable’s not attached)
I immediately thought video card (I’ve had some video card issues in the past) so I dug out my old one (I replaced it a year ago.) pulled out the current one, and stuck the old one in, just to see if it would work…
If it worked, I wouldn’t be here asking for your help. Any ideas what else it could be?
I don’t think it’s the power supply, everything seems to get power - DVD, the light on the ethernet card is blinking, the light on the motherboard is on, all fans are running.
I can’t access it over the network either.
Did my motherboard just go, perhaps?
I haven’t made any changes to it in months. Last change was to put a new fan/heatsink on to the previously mentioned video card, because the old one was clogged and kept overheating. Previous change would be the addition of a wifi card.
I put it together myself, so here’s the specs:
Asus P4P-800-SE motherboard
Sapphire x850gto Video card.
A gig of ram (I don’t remember the brand off hand) Would a bad stick of RAM cause these symptoms? I’d expect it to at least make it to the memory check in the bios, wouldn’t I?
Generic power supply - 450 watts, I think. Might be 350 or 400. I know it’s a decently powerful one, as I like games, and I made sure it was strong enough to handle a decent video card.
2 hard drives. I believe they’re both Maxtor - 100 gig and 250, I think.