I've left the PC hanging in BIOS for now (& no problems with the monitor - so I know it's not that, nor anything too basic like the video card connection or VGA cable) but following my last reboot I can no longer login to Windows (single account, so it automatically logs in) without the monitor turning on & off at apx. 5 second intervals several times before it finally just goes black & stays that way.
I've also noticed that the cursor (which seems to be the only thing I can actively control - I can highlight the X to close Windows Live Messenger, but it won't respond if I click it) gets corrupted from time to time with some red & yellow pixels.
It's a fairly fresh build (last weekend) with an even fresher installation of Windows that I finally got updated & ready to play games last night... =|
I'm assuming it doesn't make any difference, but I had plugged in my joystick the time before I rebooted finally ready to really play a game... >_<
It's a legal copy of Windows XP Home (a 2002 Upgrade edition that was updated through all modern SP2 updates + WMP11 & ASP.NET 2.0) that has been used once before on a previous PC & it hasn't given me any problems over the past week. The last thing I did was use DC++ to transfer my Steam installation files from my old PC to the new one. XP Home isn't network friendly, so I couldn't do it through explorer...
I have absolutely no idea why this is happening, to be honest. I'm not running any anti-virus yet.
I don't know what the hell it was, but when I got home it had fixed itself. It was like it never happened...?_?...
Oh, and don't worry about the Steam part. I've done it before many times. I download the program from the site, install Half-Life & Half-Life 2 for all the base files on both engines, then I transfer over all extra files from my other HDD; or in this case my other PC.
I'll definitely make a note of the XP repair thing for any time I have a problem that doesn't go away. And I'll get my anti-virus on here as soon as I'm finished typing. That was scary.
Wouldn't you know it, I finally got to play some GTR2, I started Double Agent today, and I even got Steam setup exactly the way I like it all over again when I rebooted to overclock my CPU (I even got that anti-virus on there yesterday) and wouldn't ya know it, the monitor went out again... >_<
I'm repairing the installation right now, but I have a question: If this doesn't work (& should I bother updating video drivers at this point? - also how much of Windows won't exist after this?) then what else could it be, and how much should I change again back to the way it was?