well around a month back i went back to living in my friend's place after having left there for 5 months and started up the DELL desktop he letted me borrow that wasn't used nor cleaned at all in the period of my absence. the desktop was around 3 years old but still relatively new as he bought it retail as a spare unit/backup. well i didn't know what happened but when i came back after all those months i fired up the dekstop again and started to install several programs like Office and an Encyclopedia at once while launching Maya to finish up my class project, then all of the sudden the screen goes black and everything went silent. the monitor was not displaying a no signal error, and the pc was still powered on, but was quiet as if it had gone to sleep mode; but it really wasn't.
at first i panicked and tried switching the desktop off then back again, but when it hums up nothing happens, there was no dreadful series of beeping signals from the mobo to indicate a problem, there was no noises coming from any components in the chasis at all, even the dvd drive did not respond to the eject button, there was nothing but the errie glow of the "busy" signal light remaining constantly on, and as i hammered away at the keyboard and whatever buttons the desktop had in the front i realized i must have broken either the HD, Ram, Video card or the MOBO or maybe the cables came loose.
after opening up the chasis everything inside seems to look fine, i didn't notice any burnt marks or melted wires or sockets. i had the unit brought to HP, but they can't say how much its going to cost, but they suggested that i get a new desktop alltogether since it could be the Mobo that's fried and if so all the components in there are surely damaged to some extent and it'll be "impractical" to fix the machine.
well my friend seems terribly expressive and insistent that i fix the machine somehow, in any case he's quite enraged that i didn't allowed the pc to warm up first because i was obviously the one not having used it for so long....so i really should have done that yes? i mean warm up the pc and let it sit idle on its own for a few hours before actually start stressing it out?
and i've also decided to fix it myself by replacing the broken components since i rekon it'd be so much cheaper than to let HP monopolizes on me after paying them a hefty just for the check-up fee, but i haven't a clue as to which part i should replace, and i understand that without the beeping signals from the MOBO it is very difficult to tell which part is malfunctioning, but is there any other way i can check?
current PC condition:
Power supply - ok! can power on and off, all cables plugged to where they should go.
MOBO - no idea, the dvd drive is not responding to eject button, no beeping signals, but on one occasion the dvd drive tray came out on its own without me pressing anything prior.
HD - i can't hear it spin, its quiet inside.
Display card - well there's a nvidia geforce8 in there and the monitor is not giving out a"no signal error"...so....?
Ram - no idea if its working or not
turning on that pc is like turning on a toaster; the busy signal light comes on and nothing happens. no noises, no sound nor anything.
well that's about it, i'd probably have to buy him a new desktop if i still want to live there. thanks for helping me out! cheers~