When I start the computer it sounds like a lot of the parts are starting up like maybe the processor or fans, but the monitor never turns on (as in the power is on but it's a yellow light and not a green one and there is nothing onscreen) and neither does the keyboard (or any other device I assume but I can't tell without LEDs). I also do not hear a beep from the bios. Nothing ever comes on screen. What's wrong with my computer and what can I do to fix it?
I don't think I have a windows ME disk (bought an HP computer at the store) because I don't think it came with one. There is an HP recovery CD but I have to find it and even then I don't know if it will / how to boot into it for recovery stuff. I also very much need a lot of the data on the HD still. If I can just get it to boot up and share some important files / move them to my other computer via network file sharing I can do a reformat if I have to, but the trouble is getting that far in the first place.
It seems sometimes if I turn it on and off a couple times it will start like normal w/a bios beep and I can boot into safe mode if I'm lucky, but this hasn't happened in like the last 6 or 7 tries so I'm not sure if I that's possible anymore to do. Even when I did the computer failed to run a scan disk (kept starting over and over then a few hours in froze completely). Attempts to boot into normal mode resulted in the computer either freezing on the windows ME screen or just going to a black screen and not doing anything. Again, I don't even know if I can get it to come up at all anymore.
That computer is not my only one but very necessary for the files and the fact that all 4 of my family members need computers all the time. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Hopefully I can come through this with my computer operational and my files intact.