3 yr old Systemax, XP Pro, Intel mb, dual processor, Raedon 300 graphics card, won’t boot.
I have a 3-year old Systemax mid-tower computer. I was reading a web page, when my mouse became an animated hourglass. The computer was completely locked up and unresponsive to keyboard or mouse. Ctrl, Alt, Del would not bring up the task menu.
Went to have a cup of coffee. Come back 30 minutes later. No change.
Held power button for 5 seconds to shut it off.
Waited about 2 minutes, pushed power button to restart.
Computer appeared to start up, fans turned, disc made its initial access sound, but bios did not appear on screen. Fans, hard disc continues to run. USB keyboard lights function.
I tried turning off the PSU, for 5 minutes No change. Computer power button lights, CD drive opens and closes. Tried boot from OS CD.
Made several additional attempts, PSU turned off before and left on. Restart with power button or reboot switch. No difference.
fans start, HD revs up, you can hear sound of HD initial access, then nothing. Disc and fans continue to run. No bios shows on screen.
I’m not sure where to start, although I have done a reasonable amount of computer repair, including swapping out a bad motherboard. I routinely install memory, disc drives, graphics cards, etc.
It seems obvious that some piece of hardware has failed, but I don’t know where to start. It has a Raedon 300 graphics card but no video on the motherboard.