Computer Suddenly Died. On-board Video Display Problem? CMOS Battery?

One of my older computers suddenly died of no reason. Well I meant it did not show any warning signs before it suddenly stopped working.

It is a Dell PowerEdge SC 440 equipped with Intel Xeon dual core processor, 4 gb RAM, dual hard drives with one running Windows 7 and the other running Windows XP Professional. It was running Windows 7 before it died. Everything was working fine. I just stepped away for a little while. When I came back to the computer, it was already dead. On the same table there were other computers running as well when I stepped away and they were all working well when I came back. Only this Dell PowerEdge SC 440 died.

I opened the cover of the system and had the system connected to another monitor and another keyboard/mouse set. It seemed that the power supply worked fine. The fan was blowing. All the light indicators were on. I touched both hard drives with my finger and felt that both hard drives were spinning. However, the monitor shows nothing.

What could possibly go wrong? Does it have something to do with the built-in video display of the mother board. (There is no separate video card installed with this computer.) Does it have anything to do with the CMOS battery? (Would that help if I installed a new CMOS battery to the mother board?)

Any help or advice will be greatly appreciated!
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  1. So how many times are ya gonna ask this?
  2. vrumor said:
    So how many times are ya gonna ask this?

    Each time after I posted the question, I felt that I posted in the wrong category.

  3. For more details, please refer to the same thread under FORUM --> MOTHERBOARDS.


    Hi Everybody, the mystery is now solved--------------------------the hard drive was fried.

    I switched the hard drive and started the computer with Windows XP Prefessional without any problem. The ethernet cable is connected as well. I am able to browse the internet too. I restarted the computer and it is okay also. I guess I just need to get a new hard drive. It is not too bad. The original hard drive that came with this computer was only 160 gb, too small to today's standard already.

    Thanks to everybody who comes to read this thread and my special gratitude and appreciation to those who replied to my posts and tried to help me.

    Again, thank you very much!!!
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