|"I guess if I received a black screen I would remove the hard drive and put it into another Windows XP as a slave and run Error Checking."|
Why? If there is nothing displayed on screen how could that possibly relate to hard drive corruption? The most likely culprits are
1. Failed monitor the unplugged test will confirm whether on not the monitor is working.
2. Faulty or failed graphics card ( Whether a plug-in card or integrated graphics adapter )
3. Failed powersupply.
4. Faulty motherboard
5. Faulty ram
6. Failed CPU.
A corrupted hard drive will not prevent BIOS boot display
A completely failed hard drive or optic drive can (rarely) prevent bootup.
First test the monitor.
Next re-seat ram, graphics card and disconnect/re-connect all power cables inside the box. Leave power cables disconnected from all drives and try to boot up into bios? Any display?
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