PC powered down last night after 4 hours of inactivity, as it usually does.
Went to start it up this morning. Case fans spin up, as does processor fan. Hard drive spins up. HDD LED is solid red.
Absolutely no BIOS/POST/Start-up text on screen, and no error beeps. Completely blank and silent.
No access/reading sounds coming from drive.
No power getting to keyboard, mouse or CD/DVD drives.
Removed video card and rebooted - no change, no beeps (i.e., no error beep for no video adapter detected), no text on-screen.
Removed and reseated CMOS battery. No change.
Reseated video card and all cables and RAM. No change.
PC is a kit I built about 3.5 years ago. I was worried it might be a bad HDD, but even if it was, I should still get some sounds or text on-screen, no? Same thing for a bad video card - I should be getting some visual or audio cue that something was wrong, shouldn't I?
No funky smells. Visually, nothing appears to be wrong when I crack open the case.
I've looked through other threads, and a lot of folks have suggested a new power supply. I just don't understand why a faulty PS would feed power to all fans and the HDD, but prevent the BIOS/POST from starting.
I hate buying stuff (like a new PS or HDD) when I'm not sure it'll solve the problem, and when it doesn't, I then have to return a perfectly good item back to the store.
So any suggestions would be appreciated.