is my computer broke?

By derfschaved ·
i power up my pc and it does its usual startup, then the screen goes black like it is going to start windows, like it always does, but the screen stays black and it does nothing. what can i do?

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Check your connections.....

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to is my computer broke?

Check ALL connections to your monitor, keyboard, mouse.
Check your power supply it might be going.
If possible get a new power supply and see if your computer boots correctly with it.

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Could be faulty boot sector of HDD (nt)

by NexS In reply to is my computer broke?
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It could also be

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to is my computer broke?

that your video card is bad, or not making connection to the motherboard. If you boot into BIOS can you read that?

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They'd mentioned

by NexS In reply to It could also be

That the screen 'Went' black, leading to that it must have had <b>something</b> beforehand.
If the card wasn't connected to the board (or was a bit on/off) then the black screen at the windows startup would be too coincidental for me to 'buy it'.

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That's what mine did

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to They'd mentioned

when it went. Shut it down, fired it up again, boom. PC fires up, hear things whizzing, black screen.

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Some other word, please

by santeewelding In reply to That's what mine did

Besides, "whizzing".

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Well, it wasn't

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Some other word, please
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by seanferd In reply to Well, it wasn't

Purring like a kitten? Humming along? Ticking over?

I gotta tell ya, though, that my computer was whizzing quite a bit until I cleaned the fans.

If this is inappropriate, onomatopoeia coinage is required.

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I was a'gonna do that

by santeewelding In reply to Whirring?

But you handled it ever so much better.

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Don't whiz

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Whirring?

on the electric fence... also not on the computer's power supply.

I had a computer go like that too.

That's what I miss about the old desktops - I miss building them myself, picking out a nice cabinet/power supply combination, Mobo, processors, cards, disks... and all of it, with the principle of "only third+ revision stuff".
Harder to do with these tiny things - and I haven't the nerve for it, yet.

I have this laptop propped up on two textbooks ("The noun phrase" by Rijkhoff and "Number" by Corbett), because it otherwise overheats, it's fan facing downwards, it's grate being only partially perforated. I'd underclock it if I could find the original documentation... but five moves have done a job on my paper trail.

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