Two days ago my EIZO FlatScreen Monitor shuts down from one moment to the other without working on the PC. Normally the Monitor switches to a screensaver mode, but never shuts down. Anyway I would restart the process by typing the keyboard or moving the mouse. Nothing. Then I restart the monitor offlin with the powerswitch and then I see, that the screen shos the 40 second test flash "Test analogue, Test digital, ...". I have to kill the power by the poweroff button, and I tried to restart the PC. The as before: The Monitor shows the test flash and after a while he moved to sleep. Again and agin I tried to reboot, but nothing was possible. Also not with the special bootdisk from DELL and not with the Original CD "XP Pro" from Miicrosoft.
Then I looked the Internet for similar cases. I found some cases with similar problems, but not really logical hints to solve the problem. Then I gone to bed and early in the morning I was looking for a new machine. Shure no more a DELL, because I had allways troubles with it and very poor support. I'm friendly, when I say, that the problems I have similar as many other DELL users have it, I had it only with DELL Computers since more than 10 years. And only DELL let the Users sit in the shit. I never had such adventures with HP, IBM, Comapac, DEC and last but not least the new brand Lenovo over near 30 years!
Well this morning I would demonstrate my collegue the phenomen and whow, the Box boots up as normal ... I'm perplex and had no idea what wizard sits in my box. After one hour approx. I look on my PC and I see the same as yesterday night. But very new is now, that the power off button does nothing also. I can push or I can press a while. the PC runs, the CD-, and the DVD con be opened, the HD lamp light is on, the power light is on, also the USB lights are on, the fans blow, the HD turns. I have to unplug the power cord to stop the machine.
Then I opened my machine to check, what I can check by looking alone. The light on the mainboard is on. I changed also the 3V Battery, I clean the not very dusty inside with a small vaporcleaner and now I have the very big problem, that my power on/off is totally manually: I have to plug in the power and the machine starts to turn the drives and fans, but does not boot and has no possibility to shutdown with the hot master poweroff button. Now I have computerized DELL fans for more than 4000 Swiss Francs (I payd in the year 2002, today an equvalent of 4000U$).
Maybe in the community of Dani's Web is a DELL guru who knows whats going on. I hope so, because I have some important small programs installed on the box what I need to use on my daywork.
Thanks in advance for every real hint, I will follow every veryficationable idea.