I was eating dinner while watching something on my desktop computer. I had a plate with some potatoes and salad on the table in front of me. I stupidly put the plate to close to the edge of the table and as I stabbed a piece of potato with my fork, the plate flipped over and fell face down into my lap. Slices of potato and pieces of lettuce and tomato fell all over me and whatever was around me.
I can't accurately replay exactly what happened in my head during that unfortunate second or two, but somehow the plate rolled off my lap and shattered on the floor.
My computer case is situated left of my desk, which is more or less where the plate rolled off my lap to. It seems unlikely that the plate directly hit my computer because it is pretty much hidden behind the left panel of the desk, but it could have maybe hit the near top edge. A few pieces of salad were on the front of my computer more or less where the dvd burner is. There wasn't a lot of liquid, but yes, there was some dressing on the salad - olive oil with lemon and mustard, in case anyone is interested. I found some sparse remains of that dressing on the front panel of my computer, but really just a small amount, not even dripping or anything... just a smear which I easily wiped off with some paper towel.
Anyway, after overcoming the initial shock and realizing what had become of my nice dinner, I suddenly noticed that the program I was streaming on my computer had curiously paused. I scratched my head thinking, "I didn't pause that." I reached over to my mouse and then noticed that not only was the program I was watching stuck, but so was the mouse... and the keyboard too. The computer was working, but frozen. At this point I started to worry a bit. I had no idea what could cause the computer to pause like that and wondered if it might be related to the plate-flip incident or just a really crazy coincidence. I hit the 'force restart' button on my computer and hoped that it would get things back to normal.
The computer rebooted, but instead of the Windows XP logo coming up I got some kind of bios screen. Sadly I did not take much note of what exactly that screen was or what options it listed for me. I assumed it is just some kind of faulty reboot and immediately switched my computer off. I waited about a minute and then turned my computer back on.
This second attempt didn't get me to the desired Windows flash screen I was hoping for. The bios setup screen that came up before didn't appear either. Nothing did. I just got a black screen. The computer was working, led light on the main board was lit, fans spinning. I placed my hand on the hard drives and they all seemed to be working and vibrating lightly as usual. When I pressed the DVD eject button, the tray came out and when pressing it again the tray went back in, as normal. The screen is working but remains in standby mode even though the computer is running.
I switched my computer off again, unplugged the AC from the back of the case and went over the connectors making sure that all was in place and securely connected. I can't say I went through all the connectors and wires in there, but I did go over the lines connected into the hard drives and connectors going from the drives to the power supply. I plugged the computer back to the electricity and hit the power button. But still, nothing.
So that's the situation. As usual, this happened at the worst timing and I really need my computer working again as soon as possible. I won't be able to get my computer to a technician (if that is what I'll eventually have to do) until Sunday. In the meantime, if anyone has a suggestion of how I might troubleshoot this - I'd be really really thankful. I'll even post my secret recipe for crispy oven-baked potatoes here
As I've mentioned I'm running Windows XP. You can see my hardware specs in my profile.
Please help... Thanks!!
Edited by adifrank, 25 March 2011 - 02:10 PM.