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I am quite worried that my desktop's power supply is done for.
I stupidly had it plugged in (via surge protector) to a wall socket controlled by a wall switch, and a certain family member has a tendency to flip that switch all the time, even though it's in my room, because he is absurdly paranoid about wasting electricity.
In any case, the computer will not start at all at this point. I've done my usual song and dance, powering it off via the switch in the back, and letting it sit (for plenty of time) before trying to start it again, and no dice.
How should I try to get this thing to start? I'd rather find a way to fix it without having to fuddle with the inside of the machine, as I have a storied history of causing painful problems underneath the hood, so to speak. How likely is it that there has been damage done to the power supply, and how likely is it that the whole supply is dead?
I'm reasonably sure there is some kind of power being transmitted. I assume this because when I turn on my speakers at high volume, I can hear a high-pitched tone change in the connected speakers, indicating that flipping the back switch is doing SOMETHING.
I'm seriously in bad condition here, with my laptop having been stolen like two weeks ago, this desktop is all I have (I'm on a family member's computer right now), and I need something when I go back to uni next week.