On Sunday last, my monitor simply turned off by itself. It displayed a message, "Signal: No signal". I turned off my PC and checked the cable connections to make sure that everything was in proper order, then I turned on the computer. Everything worked fine...till Monday morning when the same thing happened. Around noon, the monitor would only show the message, "Signal: No signal". Restarting the computer no longer helped. I couldn't blog!
Here are the different things I tried without success:
- Plugged in a different monitor.
- Called up ASUS and followed their advice. I unplugged each of these and tried to boot up: sound card...DVD drive...floppy drive...hard drive...and finally the graphics card.
- The motherboard did notice the absence of the graphics card by beeping but upon plugging it back in, I got the same monitor message.
And then, hope. Called up ASUS again, took out the Nvidia card and the CMOS battery, then plugged in both after a minute. The computer booted up and the monitor no longer showed that irritating message. YES, FINALLY IT--"There's an error with a file in your Windows directory."
Yes, the non-number part of the post title is a word.
I couldn't fix that error; tried for almost two hours. I took my extra hard disk and decided to use that as a boot drive. Installed Windows XP and the plethora of drivers on it; must have restarted over two dozen times. After all that, my monitor crashed. At 2 a.m. on Tuesday.
It still has a tendency to shut itself off at any time it pleases. Yesterday, the monitor died on five occasions including that late night gift. Each time I had to shut down and boot up the computer to get the monitor back on.
Best guess: Either my graphics card is misbehaving or the AGP slot on my motherboard is at the end of its life.
So, blogging will be sporadic for the next few days, maybe weeks (gasp!).