Alright so, I have been expierencing several the symptoms of a so-called "dead machine".
What has been happening is...well, here's the whole story.
The first time it happened, it was a simple random restart.
This happened twice again, with no problem, but the THIRD time, it failed to boot up. It'll turn on and everything, but not boot up.
I forgot how I fixed it, but all I remember doing was that I kept restarting and hitting the switch at the back of the computer.
Fourth time, same story, and yes, I forgot AGAIN. (yay!)
Now, the fifth, that's a DIFFERENT story.
3 days ago, it did another restart. It's been a long time since this happened. For 3 days, I have not been able to get it going again. I have looked over a few threads on this forum, and seen similar problems, but none exact as mine.
When I start up, the monitor light stays orange, and I hear no beep as I would when starting up normally.
I do not have a list of system specs rights now, but I can guarentee it is NOT an eMachines motherboard. Now, I hear fan(s) running. I cannot tell if I have more than 1, and if they're running togehter, if there are indeed more than 1.
I'd like to avoid taking it to a store and spend money. Or opening it up because of fear of screwing something up.
The only new hardware I have been using is a new external harddrive, and it's been several months since I've bought. I have reason to believe it's the EH, because even with the EH unplugged, the above problem is still there.
Help is appreciated. ALOT. Thank you for taking the time to read this.