sudden black screen of death, cause/solution?

December 8, 2009 at 16:57:55
Specs: Macintosh
powered on my pc today to get welcomed by the dreaded black screen of death, after a night of flawless use ( although the pc/monitor did stay on all night)was unresponsive when i attempted to open apps, did a hard reset and here i am.
Ive reseated my vid card and my ram, flipped my monitor cable still no dice except for 2 stalled attepts at my welcome screen for my mobo ( couldnt enter bios) can i solve this asap

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December 8, 2009 at 18:06:11
So it does at least begin to boot and display something on screen before blanking out? But won't stay on long enough even to get into bios? Overheating CPU is a possibility.

Know nothing about Mac hardware. If it's anything like PC then failed or clogged up Heatsink fan on the CPU could be the culprit.

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December 8, 2009 at 21:27:58
i managed to get it to the BIOS prompt twice but it wasnt responsive and the propt lasted for 15 mins the second time and required a hard reset. 99% of the time its just a black screen nothing at all.

posting this using a macbook due to this issue
The pc in question is old P4 3.2ghz using and asus p4p800se/ Ati 2600xt graphics card
the monitor is question is a Samsung Syncmaster 912N

worked fine 24hrs ago...just find it odd that a reset could cause this big of a headache.

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