can't get past the boot black screen....

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monteine

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I have a computer that was working fine yesterday but today it when I turn it on it won't get past the black screen that shows the memory etc. it's an old pc but it was working fine enough to play games and draw with until last night. have any clues? no boot disk, win98, dell optiplex XL 5120.
 
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Is there any power going into the PC itself? If none of the LEDs are coming on or if the fans aren't spinning, it'll probably mean that there is a fault between the plug and the PSU (Power Supply Unit); the fuse will probably have blown, which might also explain the "suddenly" part. Check the fuse hasn't blown (or reset the circuit breaker, if you use that instead) and then replace the PSU.

However, if there are signs of life, theres something else wrong, and this time it'll be with the motherboard or something connected to it. Maybe try removing the non-vital components and try it again. If it works, replace them all one by one until the fault develops again, and you'll have found the culprit.

If that doesn't work, the motherboard or the CPU will have died. Buy a new CPU and motherboard or treat yourself to a new PC.
 

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as unbelievable as it sounds, i think it was the monitor. I plugged the computer into another monitor and it came on just fine. does that make sense?
 
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