It has been a weird few weeks with my home computing situation. I had been running a Dell Dimension desktop with Windows ME (go ahead and laugh) that I bought new in December, 2000. (Still laughing? Good.) Over the last several months, it was becoming more and more unreliable, and often took several attempts to properly boot up.
A friend of mine recently bought a new computer, so he was getting rid of his old tower. My roommate told me to take it – it might be a couple years old, but would certainly be newer and better than mine. The new one has an Athlon XP 1700 processor, and my roommate instructed me to purchase a 100-GB hard drive, 512 MB of RAM, and a DVD burner for it. I’ve been using my old monitor, keyboard, and mouse, and for the last few weeks, it’s been running like a dream.
However, since I started using the new computer, my monitor would occasionally make a hissing or buzzing noise, like there was an electrical short. I figured it was getting ready to go on me, since it was also going on six years old, and last night it finally did. Wouldn’t even turn on, so I had to manually shut down my computer by hitting the power switch (since I couldn’t see the commands to do it the “right” way).
I woke up early today and bought a 17" flat panel monitor from Comp USA. It seemed like a great deal after the rebates, so I came home, plugged it in, set it up…
And when my computer booted up, there were no icons on the desktop – a common problem with my old Dell, but the first time it has happened with the new one. It wouldn’t let me reboot normally, so I hit the power switch to turn it off and on again, and now the brand-new monitor tells me “No Input Detected.” I hear the fan running and all that, but it’s not booting up at all now! Could the new hard drive be fried, or perhaps the old motherboard (since that was a used component)?
I am so frustrated right now! I kept a computer running for 5+ years, and now everything is going wrong at once. I also tried to save a few bucks, and look what happened. So computer experts, what do you think my problem is (aside from being cheap and not knowing enough about hardware troubleshooting)?