My PC Win 10 won't post up and gives no beeps. Simply pressing the power button shuts the power off instantly, I don't have to hold it for seven seconds.
Recent changes include replacing one Logitech trackball with another trackball a month ago. But about a week or two ago strange things started to happen to a variety of programs and on my desktop icons. In some programs I would see a window which said zoom and the focus would zoom out to 300 to 600%. The icons on my desktop would blow up to what seemed like 50 times the normal size of the 60 icons on my desktop, overlapping each other and a total mess.
I found out that if I right clicked on the desktop I could set the icons back to "small" and the icons would resume their normal size.
For a week I substituted a generic mouse for the trackball, and a generic keyboard for the fancy Microsoft keyboard (which I used for two years without issue) with all the special buttons on it. The problem seemed to go away
A few days ago I put them both back. Then, just today the zooming thing on all kinds of different programs started happening again.
So I decided to only swap keyboards in order begin to isolate whether it was the motherboard, the video chip on the motherboard, the Microsoft keyboard, or the trackball mouse.
So I turned off the computer and plugged in the generic keyboard and after that is when the computer failed to post up or boot with just a black screen on the monitor.
Local computer shop fellow mentioned to me a couple weeks ago that it couldn't be video chip because the taskbar was not blowing up and zooming out but only programs.
I guess my question is: could it merely be the video chip and if I pop in a video card will this possibly fix the problem and account for the no postup?’
UPDATE: I removed the hard drive and mounted it in an external enclosure on my laptop. In Windows disk management, it shows the hard drive without letters, without the four partitions but calls it "healthy".
I installed data recovery software and a quick scan revealed the individual files are intact, as I opened a couple of word documents.
Is it possible that the hard drive didn't actually fail but just that it's partitions got lost and I can use some type of partition recovery software to find the old partitions locations restore them and restore my operating system, my apps, and my data partition?
So my question is this: did the hard drive fail or did the motherboard fail or did the motherboard failing wipe out the hard drive, or did an attached device like a mouse or keyboard fail and wipe you girl both of them out?
I just happen to purchase a new hard drive about two weeks ago having a feeling that my PVR hard drive might fail soon and anyway it would be a good backup in case my PCs hard drive failed, even though I thought that unlikely as the computer is only two years old.
I have at least two Acronis backup images of the system partition and the apps partition and I have in the past laid them into a new hard drive and then just had to sort out what I guess you call the HAL level. I am prepared to do that if necessary but I'm confused on which way to turn at the moment.
Data recovery software should enable me to recover all my data at least in a unnamed way (is that called RAW form? ) Which is a pain in the ass because hundreds of word documents, audio files and pictures would have to be opened and then renamed).
But I don't know how to figure out what failed. Do I install the new HD into the case format it do all the restoration work and then find out that IT gets fried by some devise or the MB...
Thanks for considering my problem,