I have this 8 year old desktop PC that worked 12 days ago. I powered off the PC for 12 days, and within 3 of those 12 days, the house was at 13 degrees Celsius or 56 degrees Fahrenheit, so it is pretty cold. I turned the heat on yesterday, and it is now at 73 degrees Fahrenheit. I tried to turn it on today, and nothing happens.
The PC is plugged into a surge protector, which is connected to the wall socket.
I tested a few things.
I moved the PC plug to another socket in the surge protector, and the PC won't power on. I know it isn't the wall socket's fault, or the surge protector's fault because I have the monitor, printer, modem, and router plugged into the same surge protector, and those devices are working fine.
Now to test the cord. I know the cord works because when I unplug the PC, the green light near the power supply unit turns off. When I plug the PC back in, the green light turns back on. If the power supply unit is faulty, does the green light on the back of desktop PC's emit a solid green light? Mine is solid green when the PC is plugged in.
I am not a PC hardware kind of guy, so I don't want to mess things up by opening the case. I want to know a few things as to what could be causing this problem. I know that the cold has caused the PC to not be able to power on. I always power on this PC for 24 hours, leave it off for 12 days, then power on for 24 hours again, just so that I don't wear down the parts by leaving it on, and that the parts don't get all cold by powering on the PC every now and then, but apparently, the PC has been cold for a few days, and now the PC won't power on.
I want to know what could cause the PC to outright not power on? Power supply unit? Motherboard? Hard drive? Something else?
If the cold has to do with anything, what does cold weather affect the most to cause the PC to not be able to power on? Power supply unit? Motherboard? Hard Drive? Something else?
How do I extend the life of this PC? How often should I leave this PC on, and how often should I turn it off? As I said, I turn it on for 24 hours, then leave it off for 12 days, and turn it back on for 24 hours, then leave it off for 12 days.
Edited by signofzeta, 08 October 2014 - 02:10 AM.