So, my gaming rig crashed last night when I tried to quit the game I was playing, Team Fortress 2. The screen just went black. I couldn't get task manager or anything, so I held down power & did a hard shut down. I went to bed.
Today I power up, I get the msg Windows did not shut down properly would you like to start in safe mode? normal? So, I start in normal mode. Everything looks like it's starting up fine, desktop wallpaper image even comes up (for a brief second) then...
My monitor goes black. Nothing. I can't get task mgr, or any other response from machine. I try to restart. Now monitor is getting no signal.
The monitor doesn't even show windows starting. When I try to start, I get nothing. At least there's no smoke or anything.
The pretty fan leds light up, MB goes beep beep beeeeeep, but the screen just shows black. It doesn't show any options of booting into windows at all.
Did I somehow blow my vid card?
I don't even know how to start diagnosing.
My machine has been running fine (not continuously, I mean, it IS windows... ) since I built her in 2007. I upgraded to Windows 7 from XP several months ago and have had no issues (other than that I am running an older graphic card driver, the latest drivers degrade performance unaccaptably on games I'm playing like Team Fortress 2 & Left 4 Dead 2)
PNY GeForce XLR8 8800 GTX 768MB PCIe w/Dual DVI (P56-8800 )
INTEL Core 2 Duo E6850 3GHz FSB1333MHz 4M LGA775 Retail BX80557E6850 Processor
MSI P6N SLI Platinum nForce 650i SLI Socket 775 1333MHz DDR2-1066 Motherboard
Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400 2GB Kit DDR2-800 XMS2-6400 Xtreme Performance Memory
Aerocool Zerodba 620W Power Supply
Raidmax Smilodon ATX-612WB No PS Gaming Case (Black)
DVD Burner SonyNEC|AD-7170S-0B SATA