I have an old HP Pavilion running Windows XP Home that started showing me a blank screen suddenly. I've tried a few things.
When I power it on via the power button, the initial display allows me to F1 into settings. It also allows me to start Windows in Recovery Mode from where I can see what is on the C:\ drive as well what is within the directories on the C:\ drive. I had a couple of partitions on the machine and when I chdir to those, I hear a whirring sound althought am not able to look into those.
I also connected the ethernet cable to the machine and checked my DHCP clients table. That machine does not appear in the list of connected machines.
I'm not sure what I could try next at home. Would greatly appreciate any suggestions / advise.