So you turn on your PC, while waiting for the boot, you get your coffee, light up a cgiarette, and then you notice that the monitor is still dark. No memory testing, nothing Monitor appears to be off, although the PC seems to be working. This problem can show up on any computer, but it’s more common for computers older than two years.
How often can this happen?
Well it happened to me twice in four years on 2 different machines. And last week it happened again on my cosusins PC that’s 2 years old.
What’s causing it?
This kind of behaviour can cause virtually everything, the RAM, graphic cards, the monitor, but most likely its the power supply failure. Infact the chances are 80% for the power supply to be causing these problems. Well in my case the chances were 100% cos as soon as my cousin described the problem i told him that its the power supply and i turned out right.
Its a bit odd because when you turn on the computer there is power, it’s not like its dead, but for some reason it can’t feed all the parts properly due to some resistor, capacitor or condensator malfunction.
Buy new power supply. Get 500w+ real power. The more watts the better. Dont buy crappy power supplies.
After a fresh windows installation, drivers can be a pain to find for some PC’s, especially for some not very well known notebook brands. There are a number of ways to try and locate the correct drivers, but for the average Joe, this can become a very challenging and sometimes unpleasant task.
How many drivers you will have to search for depends on how many devices your PC has, and for how many of them windows has already built-in drivers. In general, there are a few which must be installed on most PC’s like: the motherboard chipset, grpahic card driver, audio drivers, and lan drivers.
If you are searching for drivers for an unbranded desktop PC, and you don’t know anything about your computer model, the best way would be to open the left panel of your PC case and see the exact model of your motherboard, graphic card or other PCI cards you might have installed. But since many of the PC assembling companies seal their PC cases with a warranty label and if that is your case, you could try and download a free diagnostic and hardware analitycs tool called: Dr. Hardware and see the exact models of your PC parts. Install it, and go throught the menu and look for information about your PC parts. You can check your motherboard model easy there.
Now if we are talking about a notebook, it should be much easier. The only thing to do is see the correct model number on the bottom of your notebook, go to the official site of your notebook brand and search the drivers there.
Nowdays Microsoft has finally made the ability to search for drivers online usefuil in Vista, which makes things a lot easier, which is the only thing that makes me like vista. But if you are like me and can’t stand the boot loading time of Vista and a dozen of other annoying things in it, and want to spend some more time with XP until the new version of Windows comes up, well then you may still have some trouble finding drivers for your PC, and thats where we come in. This site will have a section for hard-to-find XP drivers which will be updated regulary and of course upon your requiest.