Hey guys, just registered to this site - looks like a safe please to find some help without all the ads. Anyway, I just woke up today to discover my monitor black - I don't turn off my cpu when I'm done, maybe I should start doing that tho.. I rebooted the cpu and it wouldn't display anything, just black.. I opened up my case and looked inside - every fan was running, everything sounded and looked okay.
I tried discharging my computer by holding in the power button with the power cord out but my friend said that wouldn't have helped anyway because I have an on-board graphics card.
I tried everything, I don't have another PCI graphics card or I would have tried it to see if my PCI slot was damaged.. I don't think its my mothers board I believe its the graphics card I hope.
Lets get specific:
COMPAQ CQ5110F PC
AMD Athlon X2 7550 Dual-Core Processor
300 WAT Power supply
Very basic mobo..
source - Compaq Presario CQ5110f Review & Rating | PCMag.com
Now this was purchased for me and if I had the money I'd build my own machine so I'm working with what I've got.
Back on subject now, I need to know if my PCI slot is damaged here's a pic of my device manager, it seems to show up I believe so if it shows up it must be okay and my pci video card was the problem.
Here's screen shot of my device manager, Yfrog Photo : yfrog.com/htdevicemanagerzj
Also, I the PCI video card that went bad is a Nvidia 8600GTS 256MB card, it has a built in fan. People have told me its 3-4 years old but its good enough to run games like Oblivion, WoW, and SC2 at decent frame rates.
Now is their anyway I can repair this card? I picked it up at my friends house about 4 months ago, it was under his bed still in the case he replaced it as soon as he got a new computer so it really hasn't seen much use..
One thing is, I didn't add a power supply cable to video card until really a week ago.. Then this happens, and yes I've been running the cpu pretty hard without turning it off and with vast hours of gaming without a power supply cable connected to it - is that why its not working?
If there's anyway I can fix it - or if anyone else has had problems like this and found a solution please let me know I'm not lazy I've always had to fix the tech problems in my family.