I had some spare time and decided to nuke the hard disk of a 2004 XP desktop computer before taking it to the tip. I booted the PC to check there wasnít any data other that what I have on current systems and to change the boot order it bios.
The PC seemed to power up OK but the monitor displayed the message ďNo SignalĒ. I checked that all power cords were connected properly and tried again. Same message. I tried booting from the XP installation disk and an XP bootable floppy I made when the PC was new. Same message. I changed the monitor and the power cords and the problem remains. Iím assuming itís a motherboard issue.
It seems crazy to pay a local techie to open the case and remove the HD so that the remainder can go to the tip. But what else can I do? I canít dispose of the PC when thereís still data on the drive. Any ideas?