This is just a thought; my old computer had a similar thing happen. I couldn't do anything to bring it back, so I got a new computer and put my old hard drive in it. I recently tried/am trying OnTrack System suite, and it found a virus, which Norton AV missed somehow, that could have caused that problem. My old computer is totally disassembled and recycled, and I never really found out the cause of the problem. By coincidence it all occurred when a number of folks on this list and elsewhere were having a similar problem.I was thinking a virus with a date trigger. Don't know if this applies here or is helpful, but there you have it -- d On Mon, 2003-03-10 at 06:25, Ron Allen wrote: > > > Both of my computers are now unable to boot. > > Last week, the machine that is more or less my mother's > computer began stopping during/right after the POST and > would not respond. > > Friday night, my computer had a black screen, the power > and HDD activity lights were on solid, and nothing could > bring it back up. I did a hard restart by powering down, > and it went back to the same state. I opened the box and > removed everything except the RAM and the video card, > still nothing. I jiggled wires and re-seated connectors, > and finally the machine booted. I started adding > components back one at a time until the box was again > loaded, and all seemed well. I figured I had a loose > connection, even though I never noticed anything during my > probing, that I fixed without realizing it. > > Saturday morning, the black screen was back and now > nothing I do, including the complete strip and check, > brings it back. > > It seems awfully coincidental to me that this sort of > thing should happen to both of my machines at the same > time. But I am behind a hardware firewall in the form of a > NetGear router, and both machines had ZoneAlarm,PC-Cillin > anti-virus, and Pest Patrol anti-trojan sofwtare installed > and operating. > > I am totally dead in the water, and have no clue what > could have caused these problems or how to correct them. > If the machine will boot, I can usually figure out a fix > to whatever the problem is. If I can't even boot to DOS > using a floppy, I'm out of my depth. > > Please, any and all suggestions appreciated. I can pick up > mail from work for awhile, but I can't spend a lot of time > responding. > > Thanks, > > Ron > For a web-based membership management utility and information on list > policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ > > To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject. > > For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.