Why can't I see anything on the monitor
Posted on 2011-02-24
Hi Experts. I have asked this one before, but this is MY PERSONAL computer. This is the baby. To utilize the backups of this 3-HDD PC would take me a month. I Prefer to locate and fix the cause of the issue with Experts' help.
Here it is:
At 7.44 this AM we had a brief electrical blackout. All All running PCs were turned off. My wife's booted up nicely.(I am on it now) Another was in the middle of a deep A-Squared-5 hour scan. Another was half way through a troublesome(anyway) windows Re-installation of XP. And then comes Mine, the Worst one. I get only a black screen on the monitor with amber light, no green. So I did a bit of testing. i put in a Win XP Cd and then I tried UBCD4W and then I tried Knoppix, in honor of a buddy of mine on EE. I put my ear next to the HD & DVD Rom. The DVD activity light is jumping all over the place and CD spins up. It sounds like the HDD is running and loading and its light is also green. Without a CD in, I can hear the HD doing something with its LED on.
So I think all things are a go and working fine except that there is no picture for me to SEE what is happening on my Computer. I can only hear what is going on, meaning I cannot utilize the features of a "Rescue" or boot CD. Monitor remains amber. I believe that the monitor or the video card took a hit from a power surge when we had the brief blackout this AM, even though it was the only one of 4 that was in stand-by.( I think) The other 3 were actually up and running at that time. they were ON.
So THE QUESTION IS: WHAT CAN I DO TO GET MY VIEWING SCREEN back in working order? What are the neccessary steps I must take to resolve my issue? Video card 1st? Anyways, thank you i8n advance. This is actually a triple sized server type case that is very heavy and I am really hoping that it is the monitor that got zapped rather than the V. Card. I will follow any instructions you give me. I just hope neither of the 2 customer's PCs are damaged like this one. I am waiting .