I went for a walk and came back to a blue screen of death.
Hit the reset and it booted into windows normally but seemed to stop when booting up some mouse drivers (final thing). Hit reset again and same problem. I went into safe mode and it seemed to boot normally but then found I couldn't move the mouse. Switched off and it wouldn't complete boot into safe mode. Switched off again and now it won't POST.
I disconnected everything I could, DVD drive, hard drive. Took out 1 of the 2 memory modules, leaving just DIMM1 as it says. Still won't post. I powered off and hit the CMOS reset for 10 seconds no POST. Repeated and still no post. PC specs are Win XP, each module 1GB 800MHz RAM, Barracuda 7200.11 hard drive. Dual core athlon. PSU seems fine so far as I can tell. All fans going round so that looks ok. Before it failed to post, I checked in the BIOS and CPU temp was 38C so that seems ok.
Looking for ideas? I have some pretty valuable stuff on the hard drive - SATA - that I'd like to copy to another PC before going further. With EIDE, I'd set it as slave, but can't do that with SATA. Anyone know how I go about this? I have an old PC with Win 2K supporting and I SATA so I took off the DVD and attached the XP drive to that SATA channel. It started booting in Win2K but then crashed - looked like ambiguity over bootable drives.
Thanks for any help