I have a gateway and when i turn it on the screen is black


May 1, 2012
My computer comes on, but no picture or the screen is black. Its os is windows 98 its old but got a lot of very important file on it I would like to save. A friend said it was my video card and would cost too much to fix, can you tell me what it might be?
could also be the cpu

number one rule--anything important such as irreplacable documents or photos always back them up--preferably to

2 different places that are seperate from your main hard drive

you should be able to recover the files by putting the hard drive in another pc as a second drive or in an external