For the first time over the past weekend I downloaded a video from a torrent website. It had the most seeds and I had never had problems before so I figured it would be okay. The video was fine no corruption when it I played it. I think maybe initially I opened tried to open it and my player crashed (VLC) but then I tried opening it again and it worked.
This was on Saturday. I can't remember if I turned off my computer that night or not but I am going to assume that I did. Sunday everything was fine no problems. Monday comes around I try to turn on my computer and I hit the power button and hard drive spins up everything seems to have power but nothing comes up on the screen. Monitor button is orange and not green. I had a dual boot system and I was required to choose which OS to boot with, and one of the OS I had tried to uninstall but it still thinks it is there and chooses that one by default, so if I don't press anything it will try to do that one and then a screen will come up that says press any key to restart etc this OS messed up, something along those lines. I am saying this because I think if my computer had started up correctly then after a few moments if I hit like some lettered key on the keyboard then the computer would have restarted but this didn't happen. The BIOS screen that typically flashed up as soon as I turned on my computer that says ACER, press delete key to enter BIOS, didn't even show up. I was thinking I could rule out the GPU going bad in this case.
Fiddle around with some electronics around the house to see if maybe one of the circuits is messed up and everything checks out fine. We go to turn on my computer again and randomly success, it turns on however, there was some kind of error. When it turned on I believe it listed my hard drive and CD drive and then it said something like CMOS error, something something. Press any key or something like this. The computer then starts up normally and everything is grand, and all of this happened on Monday.
Tuesdays comes and I try to start up the computer and the same thing happened, except this time it didn't eventually start up saying CMOS error, it just never got going again. I tried 5 times throughout the day and I even took a PSU from an old computer and at the very least tried to see if I could get the "beep" sound that I would get when the computer normally would start. The single beep. Tried it with a different PSU and no beep.
From this I am thinking the motherboard or CPU died.
I read that some viruses can wipe the motherboards CMOS or something like this, I don't know much about motherboard things or computers really. I am thinking maybe this happened and it "killed" my motherboard in this way.
In a way I am happy as I want to order parts and build a new computer.
My concern: To save money I wanted to just reuse the hard drive from the build that failed as I think the hard drive is okay however since I am thinking now that it is possible that the running of the video killed my old motherboard that I don't want to take the risk of the new motherboard and/or CPU getting killed too. I have a 40gb partition set aside on the hard drive that I was intending to wipe and put a new purchased OS on, and then getting in to the new OS and then pulling what files I needed from the hard drive, putting it on a flash drive, then just wiping the entire thing, and doing at least one pass of the wiping of hard drives where it really wipes everything (I don't recall the name for this) and then putting the new OS and beginning afresh.
I would like to get important files from the old drive but I don't want to risk killing another CPU and/or motherboard (probably motherboard?). Any advice or does this sound plausible? Sorry for my ignorance and stupidity, though it will only effect myself lol.
*For future viewers, my computer I bought is an Acer Veriton M410. I bought it 5 years ago in 2008. The computer would not POST. Monday I got CMOS error during POST. Tuedsay, "dies." Today, Wednesday, dead still. I unplugged everything replugged everything in etc. Anyhow, I bought a new CMOS battery, installed that, computer posted and I've restarted it at least 3 times so far and everything seems to be good to go as far as I can tell though it looks like a lot of things got set back old school like my time for example was set to December 2006. Probably some other things like this too but functionality is there and I am doing what I was doing before on the computer, internet browsing etc. So let this be a case that it appears that changing the CMOS battery seemed to have after that the computer running again.