Three times in the past few weeks, the monitor would appear to shut off with the power light still on, as if the computer were shut off, out of the blue. Each time, I could only get everything to work properly through re-plugging the computer.
I noticed that, each time once again, the light around the hard drive area was off (Dell desktop that I removed a side panel of). It would turn back on for a restart attempt, but no monitor response. Ctrl-alt-delete wouldn't restart the computer. I spoke to a friend who worked in software troubleshooting that got me to recall blue screen failure logs, but there weren't any logs of the events in question. The first two times, there were certain static sounds through the speaker that went off right before and briefly during, kind of like when moving the prong connecting to the computer in or out.
One last thing to mention is that the system's over seven years old. I don't like to get rid of working things, heh. I have a laptop ready to go when this thing dies, and I save most of the important stuff regularly through e-mail (haven't bought an HD stick yet). I'm just waiting to join this guy
Thanks in advance for any help.