My computer (tower case w/ CPU) was dropped during transportation to a new location and hit the ground pretty hard. :-| My biggest fear was that there could be some damage to the hard drives... however, I have not tested this out, because I'm pretty sure something else broke, preventing me from starting up the computer.
When I push the power button on, I hear the computer begin to start up - the cooling fan is running, the CD-ROM drive lights register, and when I took off the case I saw a green LED lit on the motherboard, so I assume the power supply is okay. I also made sure all components were snugly back in place with all connection cables firmly connected.
However, nothing happens. The monitor screen remains black, and I'm not sure where the problem is. However, I don't believe it is a problem with the graphics card (ATI 8500DV), because I don't even hear the boot beep so it looks like it's not even getting to BIOS, let alone trying to access any hardware or OS beyond that.
What would be the most likely cause for this: Power, but no boot-up/BIOS? Could it be something that's just jarred loose? I tried to check the processor (Intel 4 1.8 or 2 ghz, I forget) but can't figure out a way to safely remove the heatsink and processor from the mobo.
I'm just trying to figure out: a) could it be just loose connectors or a broken pin somewhere; b) should I shell out the $$$ to take this to a "professional" repair place; c) or how can I find out what is broken so I can simply go buy a new mobo or processor or whatever (I just don't want to buy more than necessary to fix it)