Problem: When I start the computer, the fans come on and the green LED light also comes on, but it doesn't beep. Nor does it seem like the hard drive whirls. The monitor doesn't even come out of stand-by mode.
Last time it was on, the computer froze(Just playing the game scrabble). I did a cold boot (pressed the power button for more than 4 seconds) and it never came back on. About a week earlier the computer started freezing like this from time to time. Each time the computer froze, I would do a cold boot. When I took the hard drive out and plugged it into my good computer, it would boot up with the 'Safe Mode' prompt. When I would select 'Start in Safe Mode', it would just reboot. I have reformatted the hard drive and now I can use it as the primary in my good computer, but when I put it back into the bad computer it still does not boot up. I've been all over the Compaq troubleshooting website (which is quite extensive) but to no avail. I have also jetted through this forum and heard something about reseting the CMOS. But as I'm unfamiliar with this I won't try it just yet.
At first I thought it might be the power supply, but then why do the fans come on and also the LED light? The only things I can think of it being is either the motherboard/CPU, or the RAM. I'm going to replace the RAM tonight and if it still doesn't work that leads me to believe it's the mother/CPU?
If the video card crapped out, would it cause symptoms like these?
Computer stats: Compaq Presario 6410NX
AMD Athlon XP 2000+ 1.67Mhz (AX2000DMT3C Model 10 w/256K cache)
1x256MB DDR PC2100
60GB Samsung ATA/100
NVidia GeForce2 MMX 64MB
Windows XP SP1
Only thing added to this computer after factory was the video card (no problems with it before)