I actually typed out a post earlier but my MS Wireless Mouse seems to like to go to sleep after 1 second of usage. So while frantically trying to get it to work (a button click usually wakes it up) I did something to make Konqueror puke. Bye Bye post.
Anyways...When webtoe suggested I check the monitor I thought to myself..."I am sure it is the video card". Well...when crabboy reminded me that I better check the monitor again I figured I should listen to you both.
So I hooked up the monitor to my web server (had to install X grrrr) but what do you know...it works fine. It now is no longer a monitor problem but a video card one! The cooling fan on the GPU crapped. This is the second one! The OEM one was the cheapest POS and died after a few months. I went to Radio Shack and got one with same voltage and similar size wtih slightly less wattage. With a little sauter (sp?) and a drywall screw to hold it to heat sink it ran fine for two years. Until now.
I was able to scavenge a S3 4 MB PCI card out of the closet to get X working at least but moving my video card from AGP to PCI or something has caused my sound card to stop functioning (can't find device /dev/mixer).
Thanks for all the advice and tips guys. BTW Svha good suggestions. I tried to route cable as clean as possible and did a degauss but no success.
I guess my next step will be to figure out if the damage is permanent or was temporary due to a lack of cooling. I guess I could drop another 10 bucks to find out. This may be a much better solution than 70 for a new one.
Great forum here and once again thanks for the help.