Dell needs a kick to run.

I have a Dell computer (Celeron 500 or so I think) tower system that seems to 'light up' occasionally but not come all the way on.  Sometimes if you 'kick' it.......it will finish the boot process and work fine.  Honestly, I am not joking.  Unfortunately, the 'kick' is working less and less.  Is this a stuck hard drive or something??

I have tried replugging everything inside.

Thanks for any help.

MEindyRacerddAsked:
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CallandorConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It could be a loose connection somewhere, but it's generally not a good idea to kick a pc, because the hard disk will crash.  I would reconnect all the cables and check the power supply especially, because a loose connection there will prevent enough current from getting where it needs to go.  You might also want to switch it out, in case it is failing.  I don't think the hard disk is stuck - they are actually very sensitive devices, and a smoke particle that gets between the head and the platter could destroy it (that's why they're sealed).
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MEindyRacerddAuthor Commented:
If they are sealed, how does the smoke get in??

I am asking since my brother smokes LIKE A CHIMNEY!!   If he messed up this PC I will strangle him!  (hehehehe).....oh, just kidding.  I love him.   :)
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CallandorCommented:
The smoke shouldn't get in - I was just illustrating how disastrous something as small as a smoke particle could be, IF it got in.
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seanpowellCommented:
>>how does the smoke get in??
Lighting a mtach probably. You just need to strike it 3 times first.
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MEindyRacerddAuthor Commented:
Ahhhh..........yes Sean..........I think you are on to something.  My brother always strikes a match 3 times before he smokes.  THAT must be the issue !   Thanks !!
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