I then got an older monitor from another computer and hooked it up to the current one (the one that the monitor originally broke on) and i find out that now my computer has broken!
The symptoms are:
When i press the power switch there is a beep for a few seconds, and the fans sound louder than usual. There is no image displayed on the monitor (it reads no connection, and there is no problem with the monitor - i have checked.) I thought that the graphics card may have come loose so i checked it, and had a look for any other loose connections in the case but could not find any....
When i press the power button on the front of the computer, it switches off immediately, rather than the usual few minutes where it would read (windows is shutting down etc. etc.)
I know that the computer has not booted because the light on the modem flashes red, when if it had booted, it would stay green.
I have had the computer for a few years now and have been meaning to upgrade, i have had a few problems in the past but i am fairly good with computers, and am usually the first person my friends call when they have a problem. Seeing as i cannot see anything on the monitor i have no idea what to do and really need your help - as you are the experts!
I REALLY REALLY cant loose everything on the hard drives, i have managed to recover files twice before after system failures using "file scaveger" but i cant even load the computer this time. - If i buy a new computer, will i be able to connect and access my hard drives without formatting them?
I would love to be able to use my computer again, as it is difficult to live without. I hope someone can help me, sorry for the extensive text but i feel as if i should cover all the problems. I am happy to provide any more information.
Im using XP SP2