The second time I used the PC it switched itself off when it was idle for about three hours, which it has never done before. The third time it started up fine after the switch off but did the same thing again. Now it is not starting up at all- when I press the power button I'm getting the power LED and my A,B,C and D lights all flashing amber on the front but no fans, noises or any other signs of life.
I have unplugged everything from the power supply both in and outside the case, apart from the motherboard, and I am still getting the amber lights. I have checked all the USB ports for damaged pins, I have air dusted the case out and checked the motherboard for obvious damage. I have an amber light on the motherboard by the BIOS battery.
I am assuming that the problem is the power supply, as when I short out the green and black connectors on the motherboard plug it just clicks. However, that is as far as my technical knowledge goes and I can't swap it into another machine to test it thanks to Dell's 24 pin motherboard connector. Can anyone confirm that this sounds like the power supply? Is there a way to test it or the motherboard before I take a chance and buy a new one?