My home built system (<1 year old) recently experienced a sever crash and I'm trying to pin down the cause and I was hoping for some ideas.
I was playing a game when my speakers started popping and cracking and then the screen went black but the system remained powered on and running. I tried to reboot the computer but the reboot switch did nothing. So I switche doff the system and after a while powered back on, there was no post or anything, the system went straight to black screen. The follwing morning I turned the system on and it went to Windows (although the BIOS lost the settings and I had to load deafults) and there was a CHECKSUM error. When Windows loaded, it recognized the Sound Card as new hardware which seemed odd. After a bit it crashed again and went to the black screen again. Ever since it will not boot and goes directly to black screen, no POST nothing.
I suspect the Motherboard or possibly the processor......thoughts?