hey all... I'm having problems with my custom built system. The whole system is about 3 years old, the motherboard is about a year and a half old. Anyways... I went to take a nap and when I woke up, the monitor had gray pixals (about 5x5 pixal squears) all over the monitor, so I just restarted my system only for it won't boot anymore... the green light on the monitor just keeps blinking too (meaning it won't turn on when the system is on) so I can't see if there's any errors. At first I thought it was something wrong with the hard drive but then I remember that the hard drive has nothing to do with the monitor not turning on or for the system to start the pre-boot progress. Then I thought there's something wrong with the motherboard batter but why would that make any differents with the boot up? so I tryed replacing it (hell... I had to sooner or later, time was either running to fast or too slow) with no luck... now I think there's something wrong with the motherboard itself... and I believe I voided the motherboard's warrenty so I won't beable to send it in to MSI (that's the brand of the motherboard I have)... Why I think it's my motherboad and not the graphic card? because there's normally a beep that beeps when going into the second screen that shows detail information of what hardware it sees. What do you think? Anyway to get it working without the need of a new motherboard? here's the specs to help you a bit (just to let you know, I can't remember the model name of my motherboard... it's just a MSI Mainboard for AMD processors). Processor: AMD Althon XP 2500+ RAM: 512 MB DDR-RAM OS: Windows XP SP2 Graphics: GeForce 4 type (can't remember excat model, it's by Mad Dog tho.) and you alreadly know the motherboard. thanks for any help.