Start, ya bastard!
January 15, 2011 3:53 PM Subscribe
Sometimes my PC turns on, sometimes it doesn't, and sometimes it turns itself off with no rhyme or reason. Why, and how do I fix it?
posted by malibustacey9999 to computers & internet (28 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
When I turn it on for the first time in the morning, I hit the power button, it makes the familiar 'whirring' noise, the lights on the front of the case come on... then it all stops. No beep to say that it's starting up. Just dead.
If I then unplug the cord from the wall, plug it in again and push the start button, it usually starts up fine. This morning, however, I had to unplug and re-plug 3 times before it would fire up.
Googling has given me the idea that it's either the power supply unit or motherboard. After a previous Askme question taught me the basics of computer 'guts', I'm confident to replace either part.
How do I determine which part needs replacing, and how do I choose a reliable part without breaking the bank? Ebay's power supply options, for example, are never-ending, and I don't know what to look for and what to avoid.