Originally Posted by CatTeeth
Let me preface this by saying when it comes to the guts of a computer I'm a complete novice.
I have a custom computer- I simply made a list of what I wanted my computer to do, gave it to a friend who helped me order the parts and then a third friend put it together. This was about three years ago, it has always worked like a dream.
I moved a few months ago and haven't had the PC on. This past week I set it up with an old monitor because I didn't want to dig mine out of storage. Initially it worked fine for a day or two. Then it started acting weird (not turning on, giving me 'power save' messages and returning to black.)
Fine. I get my monitor, hook it up and it works great for two days.
Last night and this morning I noticed the computer kept locking up while working in photoshop. I had to restart it each time CTRL+ALT+DEL wouldnt work. It was like the computer worked but the monitor had simply locked up.
It locked up on me maybe two hours ago when nothing was running (program wise). I had plugged in a flash drive, turned around and when I turned back it was locked up.
Remove the video card, and see if your computer will start up normally.
If not and the computer continues to beep, shut it down and remove the ram.
If your mother beeps at you indicating no ram its fine and your cpu maybe at fault.
If nothing beeps and just comes on with no lights from the keyboard or monitor the mobo maybe hace died.
You can still get us the info we need, look on the motherboard and look for a serial number near parallel port and usb.
Read and copy it and bring it back, same goes for the video card.