My girlfriend’s computer will not boot consistantly. I’d say once out of every six times it will not boot up. It doesn’t even perform POST (at least the BIOS doesn’t load), but the power light does come on and so does the drive light. (The drive light stays on, it’s not reading data).
Since she bought the machine (foolishly) from a large computer maufacturer, she took it in to them to have it serviced. They said it was a problem with the Ultra-ATA card (which seemed odd to me - I work as a help desk technician). I maintained it was a faulty power supply, but since the large corporation was footing the bill to repair it, she just took it in.
Well after three weeks (!) we got it back yesterday and guess what? It still has the same problem! What I want to know is am I correct in assuming that the power supply is bad, or is there some other possible causes? The machine is less than a year old and has no other problems other than the boot fault. Please feel free to get as technical as you need to. Thanks.