I have an IBM NetVista, it's about 3 years old. About 2 years ago, it couldn't locate the OS (Windows XP Pro), and as I recall, there were messages on a black screen telling me it lost its mind.
I replaced the hard drive but was able keep the original master, it's now just slave drive and that's ok.
But, every so often in the last six months, the computer won't turn on. It doesn't even try to load.
What happens is that there is an IBM screen, indicating the computer, then the cursor goes to the top left of the screen and just blinks. No messages, nothing.
Each time I have been able to "fix it", but all I do is open up the case, vacuum, then push on everything to seat it. Again today it happened. After vacuuming and re-seating everything (although everything was already seated), it started on the third try - and is now working fine.
I had downloaded three updates from MS and re-booted, but that doesn't seem like the issue, imho.
What do you think? Anything I can do to diagnose this? And to prevent a total failure? I do have most data backed up.