I generally turn the computer on once a day. The problem happend most but not all mornings. This week it was fine for a few days, then yesterday and the day before it took several minutes to get it to turn on.
Yesterday I took it to the tech team at Stapes. They plugged it in with their power cord, turned it on, and it came on promptly. They checked various things including the motherboard, which they say is OK; the on-off switch, which they say is OK; and the power supply, which appeared to be working. I don't understand much about any of this, but from what they told me, the tests for the power supply are such that they can't be sure it is perfect.
Although mostly it turned on promptly for them, sometimes it wouldn't turn on for them either. So the problem is not my power cord, surge protector, electical outlet.
They also "restored the bios to its original setting" - this means nothing to me, except that when the unit turns on now I have to tell it to run XP. They didn't have any more problems after changing the bios, and the computer worked fine for me when I brought it home last night. But again this morning it would not turn on without several tries ( and a lot of fiddling, who can resist? tho it probably made no difference)
a) Does a power supply fail slowly like this? Do I gamble that that is the problem and have it replaced?
b) Is it time for a new computer? I really do not have TIME to choose, set-up, and learn a new computer right now! Everything else is working just the way I want it, and there aren't any wonderful new advances that I'm looking forward to in a new system.
c) Does anybody have any other suggestions?
Thank you for any suggestions you can provide!