My lad accidentally put his PC into standby mode. He then tried tapping the keyboard, but nothing happened. He then switched it off using the main off button. Now when we switch it on nothing appears on the screen. You can hear that the PC is on, but the hard disk light does not flicker. My guess is Windows is not loading & has been fried. Anything worth a try other than a full reinstallation?
Don't think a repair would be an option. This PC was given to my kids by my sister when she finished uni & the XP Professional isn't genuine & has no disks. As I understand it even if we obtained a genuine disk you couldn't do a repair with a different disk than the one that was originally used.
johndrew - no, not even BIOS screens. Initially I thought the screen might have gone, but then I noticed that the HDD light wasn't even flickering during startup.
You can do a repair with a different disk so long as it's the same version of XP - ie home or pro - but you have to use your own licence key. Which might be a problem if it's a dodgy one. But it sounds to me as if the motherboard or the hard drive has a problem.
Thanks for the suggestions. The power light is on. Just tried another screen to eliminate that as the problem, but still no BIOS, etc.
My lad now tells me the problems began when he tried to install the Office 2007 trial from the PCAdvisor CD. Apparently it gave him a message about "Can't install because you need a newer version of Windows" (maybe because Windows was dodgy?) Immediately afterwards he tried to shut down & what I originally described then ensued.