This is my old Dell XPS 400 I've had since 2006 and I've been just hanging on the last few months. Obviously not a Windows 7 problem, but I'm posting here because I got such nice answers about my wife's "new" computer.
It had a GeForce 7900 when I bought it in June 2006. Around January this year, the screen started looking crazy and got worse and worse. You couldn't read text. I replaced the video card with a used GeForce 7500 and it worked again. I wanted to go as cheap as possible because I was planning my next computer.
Well, here it is July and I haven't got the new computer yet. The screen went totally black. I put in another used GeForce 7500 and this time it stayed black - except the VGA monitor had a brilliantly colored plaid pattern.
1. I assume that taking any further steps to make it viewable will be too expensive and/or too much trouble. Is there anything not too drastic to try?
2. I have most of my data backed up on Carbonite, so I'm not freaking out about that. I expect to lose some stuff, but I haven't thought of anything major that I might lose. I haven't looked on Carbonite online yet.
Can I take one of the RAID array drives and put it in another computer and boot it up? Then I could easily transfer anything I need to an external hard drive and onto the new computer.
If this will work, is there anything I should know? Will that computer become dual boot enabled?
Thanks for reading this far and thanks for any help you can think of.