I know that there is a sticky about not being able to turn on your computer, but none of those answers applied to me. I really hope someone can help me with this, I'm utterly helpless without my computer. (Sadly.)
I was doing some stuff on my computer, then I left the room to make myself something to eat. I come back and my computer is off. I thought it was strange, and wondered if anything had automatically installed or updated that may have caused the computer to shut off. I turned it back on, and within seconds, it shut back off. I tried a second time, and in an even shorter amount of time (maybe 6 seconds) it had shut off again.
I tried turning it on in Safe Mode, and that didn't work either.
Before anyone asks, I do not have my Windows install disc. I also can't afford to lose ANYTHING on my computer, so re-installing Windows and losing everything is not an option.
I'm running Windows XP, the computer is about 5 years old but was rebuilt a year and a half ago. I have been worrying about the video card recently, and a couple of days ago I tried to update the driver. The install failed, although it said everything was compatible, and when I tried to play a PC game, it wouldn't launch because of the failed install. I did a system restore, and everything went back to normal. Could it be the video card? D: