Walked into the man cave today and the monitor would not wake up. I normally leave my PC on 24 hrs unless I am on a vacation or something.
I reboot, get to the Windows 7 screen right before the little colorful windows 7 icon lights up and it sit there. Try again, same thing. Turn off PC and unplug it for a couple minutes. Start up get to the same boot screen and this time the icon showed up on boot but sat there. I walked away for awhile, come back and I see a bios screen that says "disc read error". So first thing I think is my hard drive is going bad on me. I do the same thing again (Turn it off, unplug it) and let it sit for 30 minutes. This time the PC boots up to desktop. I start doing some task and with in about 2 minutes it no longer is responding to my commands.
So thinking it's a HDD issue I decide to reboot with Windows XP which is on a 2nd HDD I have installed. Well sparing the details the same thing happens. It doesn't respond to my commands.
Guess this is a CPU issue or ram issue then? Would you agree? If so what are my steps? Check RAM first? Is there a process of elimination here I could do? Seems difficult since I can't really get up and running.
Update: So I tried to reset the cpu with some new TX-2. I also swapped out the memory sticks. Took two out, then replaced those two and took out the other two sticks. Nothing. Doesn't want to boot up (just sits at the w7 logo screen). Is my CPU gone? It's odd all this happened while my computer just sat there not being used. I bought a MacBook Pro awhile back and have not been on that PC very much.
Looking for any suggestions or feedback. Who knows maybe this will make me upgrade!