Something happened while we were gone to dinner last week. I found the clocks blinking on the microwave and stove so I figured we either suffered a power dip or surge. When this has happened in the past, the PC would shut down and I have to restart it by pushing the power button.
This time nothing happened. Nothing. A small green light is burning on the card reader, but that is all. No other activity. No evidence of damage or burning smell.
I bought a new 500 watt power supply and changed it out. Same result - nothing.
This really torques my lug nuts!
I hate to start over with new equipment but that looks like the only option - motherboard, CPU, and memory. The current system is about three years old, yet new enough to have a couple of USB3 ports. That was why I upgraded so I could download my sports pics faster after a game.
All of my software is installed on a SSD drive. Other stuff is on one of several hard drives and NAS storage drives.
I could use some thoughtful advice. I really don't want to start with a fresh install. It has been awhile since I tinkered with my computer stuff so I have a fuzzy memory of what exactly to do. I guess I could put in the new parts, hook up the old drives and other stuff, turn it on, and deal with whatever error messages that pop up. :-( That ought to eat up some free time.
By recovering this way, I won't lose my registered software, namely MS Office, Adobe Lightroom and Acronis disk director.
Hmmm...I just remembered I do have a recovery disc and flash drive that might help.
Things I can't recall are how to get Windows 7 Pro to remember it was registered and now has a new system board, but same old operating system and hard drive.
The motherboard is an ASUS model w/AMD processor, and I forgot how much memory. Like I said, it's been awhile.
All help and suggestions appreciated, except for Apple stuff!