There was a power outage in my building last night, and this morning I came down to find my computer powered up but stuck pre-boot. I turned it off, got ready for work, and tried to start it up. It powers on, but never reaches the boot phase. There are no beeps and the activity indicator light is on but not blinking.
This has me more than a little concerned... I have a surge protector between all my computer components and the power outlet (not just a power strip), but I have had problems with power surges in the past. I have also replaced my power supply twice over the three years I have owned this computer.
I have it in for diagnostics with a local tech, and I'm dreading hearing that it's the motherboard. I subbed in an older power supply earlier to see if that was the issue, but it did exactly the same thing. So looks like it won't be a $50 fix this time.
At any rate, the question is if it is even possbile to succesfully replace a motherboard like this. I have heard many rumors (or facts) about replacing such motherboards, primarily that there is a real problem with the license that comes with the preinstalled Winxp. Basically that Winxp will recognize the new mobo as a new computer, and will not allow Winxp to work with it (since it is only licensed for use on one computer).
I would imagine that the recomendation will be to toss this old gal in the dumpster and start with a new computer, but it has served me well as a slightly beefed-up gaming computer.
Here is basically what I have:
Athalon XP 2400+
GeForce FX 5600 Ultra
Is there any way to salvage this computer if it is the motherboard? Or would I be better served to grab the HD and vid card and slap them in a new computer all together?
You've been very helpful in the past, and I look forward to your comments!