I have newish Aries PC, 3 ghz processor, 1500 meg memory, NVIDIA 6600GT.
It just froze on my, CTL ALT DEL did not bring task manager to enable me to shut down the application, so I powered off.
When I tried to reboot it wouldnt even go to BIOS. After a couple of times it eventually got to BIOS but then froze on Windows start up (blue bits moving from left to right...).
I then powered off again, after a few times back to windows then choose 'Start from last known good configuration'. This got me to my desktop then the PC crashed and I was left with a stripy multicoloured screen.
I powered off and now I cant even get to BIOS. The fans come on, there is a single click from the HDD, and no recognition from the monitor either (stays amber rather than going green).
A dead HDD wouldn't prevent booting to BIOS. Have you had a power cut or a storm? Moved the PC recently?
If it is out of warranty then you have nothing to lose. Take the cover off, check all of the power connections. If you have any PCI cards, especially a video card, plugged in to the motherboard, reseat them.
Thanks chaps - have tried reseating the graphics card - but still no joy - PC is just sitting there blowing out air and not even getting to BIOS - around 1 - 2 clicks from the HDD and then nothing - no monitor activity, no booting to BIOS. I cant get to windows.
I just rebooted my PC this morning before I came to work. It started first time, straight to where you choose - 'from last known good configuraton/safe mode etc'.
I didnt choose anything and let it run.
It loaded windows perfectly and then gave me the MS 'Your PC has recovered from a serious incident' window.
I then conected to the internet to send the error report. It came back to tell me that I had experienced a blue screen (I havent) and that a device caused the problem.
I then restarted the PC to see if it would reboot - at this point I had gone down stairs to make sarnies for work - when I came back PC had frozen on desktop - I dont know if this was before restarting or after.
I had to poweroff - I did this and now It wont even go to BIOS.????