Black screen

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March 21, 2010 at 12:34:58
Specs: Windows XP
I recently went in to get on my computer and found that it was frozen on the screen saver. My little fish in that aquarium screensaver had just froze up and stopped moving. I tried everything I could think of to unlock it but to no avail. I shut down the computer by unplugging it as even the stupid power button refused to shut the dang thing off. I waited a while and tried it again. the computer sounds like it is coming up but the screen stays black. theres no sound except the fans running, Its like it is stuck in hibernation maybe. I have tried vacuuming the entire system out. I unplugged the monitor and the tower. Disconnected the monitor and everything off the tower and then rehooked (like i have nothing better to do with my Sunday afternoon) and still the screen stays blank. I am getting very frustrated and have considered throwing the entire computer out the front door but know that as it is probably some minor thing that I would instantly regreat ot and feel stupid (although at the moment I am chuncking it out the dorr I will feel great!).Can anyone tell me how to fix this problem? Safe mode is out and reinstalling the restore disk doesn't work as the screen is blank (but it is working as the power save comes on it). Help please!

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March 21, 2010 at 16:50:19
I have tried vacuuming the entire system out.
You probably omitted a static charge and fried your NEVER use the vacuum inside a PC, you have to use COMPRESSED air to blow the stuff out.

Also, you should have depressed the button on the tower for up to a minute and it would have shut off safely. Unplugging the power supply will also give an unwanted jolt to the motherboard.

Your power save light can still be on, even if the motherboard is fried.

Oh well a lesson learned for you ;-)

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March 21, 2010 at 21:29:07
If new or under warrantee, contact MFG for help. If not under warrantee, but relatively up to date, take into a shop you trust for help. If older than that, it is probably (as above) time to replace. If you had many parts around, there are some you could try swapping out, but for most, it is spending money at guessing, and probably will not help.

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