I have an HP m1170n (Media Center) desktop, running xp sp2 with a 19" LCD monitor. I had previously upgraded my video card to a geo force 7300GS in anticipation of getting a wide-screen 22" LCD monitor, but still have not gotten that monitor. The computer and monitor had been working well, until last weekend, when I turned on the computer, and got the infamous "black screen." At various times in the past week, I got just the black screen or the blue HP screen, before it all froze. One time I was able to turn the caps lock light on and off, but I can't do that now.
To troubleshoot, I first hooked up another monitor, with the same results. I then removed the geo force video card and reinstalled the original video card that came with the computer, also with the same results.
I would appreciate any troubleshooting techniques for this problem. Also, if this is a "deadly" problem, advice on how to recover the data from the hard drive.