|OtheHill, thanks, yes it is the starting that is the problem and it's not only when cold. Any time I have to start the computer using on the on/off button on the front, it will light up and start to hum and then shut down. I will do this over and over until finally it will catch and stay on. It used to be a minor problem but now happens nearly all the time and sometimes I have to push the button 15-20 times. Sometimes it doesn't light up and hum at all.|
I've owned this computer for nearly 5 years; however, it was used daily for only a couple months after I bought it, then carefully packed away nicely for 4 years; then used daily for a couple months and then packed away again for a few months; and now I've been using it daily for about 6 months. So, in all, it's only been in use about 10 months.
I've always done all the windows updates, have had system suite anti-virus for years and always get the new version out and update and scan everything religiously. Don't know if this is a software problem or hardware, but it's not been used much and treated well.
I was previously having a problem with it freezing at the start-up screen (when you see the Windows XP with the blue scrolling bar) and then I would have to manually shut it down with the on/off button, but since I try to never turn my computer off, that's no longer a problem. Doing restart after updates has always been OK, and it will reboot just fine. However, yesterday it locked up at the Windows XP screen after a restart and I had to shut it down manually and had a pretty tough time getting it to come back on.
Thanks for the help.