I realize I probably have the most serious problem one can have. I am trying to get pointed in the right direction so as to salvage what I can.
After a power interruption I tried to get my computer to come back on but failed. When I “push” the start button I can hear the hard drive trying to spin up and different lights do come on, e.g. hard drive, keyboard, and cd. I can also hear the controller arms start to get into their ready position. However this arm movement only last a few seconds where normally it would last until I entered my password and my desktop was on screen.
Then all lights but the “on” light goes off, no controller arm movement, and the monitor is blank (monitor never powered up to begin with). The cd drive still operates (goes in and out when button is pushed), but there is no hard drive activity.
I am thinking it is probably the hard drive, but I guess I wanted a second opinion in case there is something I am not thinking of. Any other ideas, anybody?