... been wrestling with the computer, before coffee, this morning;
Yesterday, evening, the screen turned green then black, then stayed black.
Had to fire up the old/used alienware computer to watch a movie last night...(worked OK but the sound needs optimizing. TV speakers, my monitor is a 31 inch flat screen TV, are less than optimal).
Apparently it was a video card failure. So, this morning, I dropped in a, well used, older gigabyte (4660 or 4650, probably) PCIE card from the excess parts pile, to get it going while I search for and order a replacement card.
Time for an expedition into web jungle of Tom's Hardware (for ratings & comparisons) and Amazon, new egg, tiger direct, etc. for purchase.
While there I'll likely look at better processors for both this machine and the somewhat slower alienware.
Smells like coffee's ready... So I'll be away for a while...