Hi, I have had a phone call from my cousin the other day about her system not working. She brought it over yesterday, and the system turns on and the drives all light up (as they should), but the indicator lights at the front of the machine are "static" and the VDU wont show anything. I have tried my VDU, but it is the same. I have reset the BIOS and checked ALL the connections (internal and external), but nothing is wrong.
I am starting to think that either the Motherboard has died or the Graphics Card has. Anyone now how to check which one it is (to save money and time).
I have just tried to open one of the DVD drives, and they wont open (like they haven't got any power). But the lights do light up when I turn the system.... This is getting more and more confusing by the minute... lol
You can tell if it has on-board graphics, as well. On the I\O shield, at the back, below the ps2 connectors and probably above the sound connectors. Has it got a vertical vga connector? If yes, connect the monitor to this.
If not, as Fruit Bat /\0/\ says, try to borrow one. Or you could put in a pci graphics card, if you have one.