What was once only a very intermittent occurrence has now become annoyingly regular. It seems I have no power coming through to start up my computer.
After being turned off for the night, the next morning it will not start up again.
Its as if there is no power getting through as nothing responds to pressing of the switch. I have a surge protector plug from which everything to do with computer (and a desk lamp) emanates - and all these including the monitor show lights to indicate they have power reaching them, but the computer itself will not respond.
Usually this goes on for hours, and I unplug and replug everything. Sometimes this works, but lately not. Today I tried plugging the computer directly into the wall (minus surge protector) to no avail. I also tried plugging the computer into another plug point in the house, but no luck there.
Finally I carried the computer off to a computer shop (I brought along my cable too just in case). I was thinking it may be the switch or even the power supply, but the computer fired up into action each and every time in the shop without a problem. The technician also checked my cable and found no problem.
He said that if it were my power supply that this would be a consistent problem and that the computer would likewise not start up...
I took my computer home, and replugged everything in again. Same problem. Computer will not start up. Then randomly after having pressed and re-pressed the switch I give up and go away. Then about 1/2 hr later I walk past the study and hear the fan going and see the computer has in the meantime found the power to 'switch itself on'.
Nobody I know understands how it could be
1) right-as-rain in the computer shop, but not working at home
2) be able to start itself up sometime after I pressed the switch
P.S: I have Windows XP, and once the computer has fired up then everything runs very nicely indeed. I just cant switch off or even put it on stand by. I like to be able to put the computer on standby when I go out but now if I attempt to do so it makes starting up again much worse than ever
All insights to this strange problem gratefully received...
Edited by wish2learn, 20 February 2009 - 08:18 AM.