The computer that I own has been acting up for quite awhile. Well, about a week before this incident.
It would freeze once or twice a day, but still be useable... Fast forward to last saturday, I boot the computer,
go brush my teeth; return to find my cpu frozen. I turn it off and on, and it doesnt post.
A month prior the ethernet jack on my motherboard decided to stop working, so I immediatly thought of the MB
being the problem. I go to MSI's website and look at their "Customer support section" (If one can actually call it that). I reset the bios, still doesnt post for awhile. I sit there, dumbfounded, so I try to turn it on about an hour later. POOF it works. Good times are had by all. The cpu still freezes sometimes but its useable again.
For the rest of the night, it works ok. For ALL OF SUNDAY, it works perfectly, not even a freeze... ... ...
Then monday comes along and it starts acting up again, useable, but acting up. During the last days of behavior, it would take an assortment of tries, sometimes lasting two hours to get the computer to boot all the way.
What the computer would do exactly is show the bios screen > Then go black
Show bios screen > Checking screen > Then go black
Show bios screen > Checking screen > windows screen > Restart
Show bios screen > Checking screen > Windows > LOG IN > Computer works for 5 minutes > Goes black
(When I say go black, I mean go black and freeze)
Power supply issue? Not quite
I go to use this computer to research things when it's power supply dies. I swap in the power suppy of my dead computer and it works fine. So I doubt it's the power supply, which leads me to one of two conclusions.
Video card is dead
MSI motherboard is dead.
My video card is an ATI Radeon x800XL
My motherboard is a K8N NEO4-f
Both still under warranty, since my system is under a year old.
Being that my ethernet jack doesnt work (been forced to use a ethernet card) is it most likely the motherboard?
Or is this no booting problem strictly a video card thing, judging by the previous symptoms? Its impossible for me to test it in another machine because of the type of slot the video card uses (and this computer being very old)
So, at this point the cpu no longer posts at all, no matter how many times I try.
Again, help would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by Lao, 10 November 2006 - 11:15 AM.