My power supply on my home computer just died, or at least I think it did. Over the past 24 hours or so I've had about 2-3 random shutdowns based on power failure (with nothing else on the power strip shutting down) this has never happened before. Each time it would power back up relatively easily, until the third time when it would not any more. I've tried a different plug on the power strip, even a different socket in the house. Nothing.
My question is of three parts...
I have submitted myself to the possibility that I will have to buy a new power supply, but I'm poor (just got a new job/apartment and everything that comes with it) and would prefer not to.
So is there anything I could do to try to revive the power supply?
If this is not possible then what can I do to test the motherboard to be absolutely sure that it is the power supply before I run off and buy a new one?
And finnally is there a possibility of "bad" power coming from the socket (e.g. no grounding in the apartment) that would cause a power supply to die abnormally fast, if so is there any way to work around it.
I will give out points evenly based on those questions, and as fairly as I possibly can.