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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1744 times:

Hey All,

I'm writing this from the office computer because my own PC is pooched. I'm not sure what is wrong. I was merrily listening to MP3's when it froze, so I rebooted, BIOS screen came up as normal, but after that I just get a blank screen. Could it be a video card problem? Any advice from the computer whiz's on here is much appreciated!!

Kris
YYC


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User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1741 times:

Quoting VonRichtofen (Thread starter):
Could it be a video card problem?

Not likely as you can see the BIOS screen... Have you tried to start windows in Safe Mode?

Put your windows CD in the drive and attempt to boot from the CD... Sounds like windows could be corrupted in someway...

More seriously a hard disk could have bombed out... listen to your hard drives, do they spin up when you turn the PC on?

You may have been BIOS flashed... in which case you will need to reset your BIOS...

There could be a million and one reasons why your computer doesnt work i'm afraid...



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User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1731 times:

Could be a hard disk problem.

Try starting Windows in safe mode. As a last option, re-install Windows. If that doesn't work, then it may be a hardware problem. Like Kaddyuk said, there could be a million reasons why your computer stuffed up.

Quoting VonRichtofen (Thread starter):
Could it be a video card problem?

Not likely as you can see the BIOS screen.



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User currently offline102IAHexpress From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1156 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1712 times:

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 1):
Not likely as you can see the BIOS screen...



Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 2):
Not likely as you can see the BIOS screen.

Not necessarily. I’ve had a couple workstations at work go bad with bad on board video. They would display everything up until the Windows welcome screen, then bam…the dreaded blue screen of death.

Quoting VonRichtofen (Thread starter):
Any advice

One thing I would recommend is downloading Linux (I forget where you could download it for free) onto a dvdr then boot from the dvd drive. That’s helped me out a couple of times when I’ve been in a mission critical situation.


User currently offlineWukka From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1017 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1700 times:

Totally symptomatic of losing a hard drive. I'd be truly surprised if that isn't what happened. I had that happen to one of my workstations about 6 months ago here at home. No backups, either. You'd think I'd know better.  Sad

Best of luck with it.



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User currently offlineFLYtoEGCC From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 947 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1692 times:

On the BIOS screen (POST screen, where it tells you the CPU Model, Bios Version), it should tell you what IDE devices are on your computer. If it fails to get past this point, and suddenly isn't recognising your hard drive, then you can be pretty certain your hard drive's shagged.

Nothing you can do about that, unfortunately, other than keep backups - it does happen from time to time.

Even if you're getting past this screen it could still be a hard drive fault, but it's one big clue to look out for.



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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1653 times:

Thanks for the replies guys.

I've tried everything you've suggested and still get nothing. It appears my HD has totally failed. I got my old P3 up and running so I at least have net access. I have a lot of important files on that HD that I'd like to get. God knows how much that'll cost.

They sure don't make HD's like they used to...

Thanks again for the help guys.

Kris
YYC



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User currently offlineFutureUApilot From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1365 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1642 times:

Quoting 102IAHexpress (Reply 3):
the dreaded blue screen of death.



-Sam



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