OK, lately I've been having two problems with my computer:
1. It crashes often. This in and of itself is a minor nuisance at worst; however,
2. Whenever it shuts down for any reason, it stays down. This problem started a few months after I got this computer; it would take a few restarts sometimes, maybe 5 minutes. By the summer it was taking 15 to 20, ocassionally longer, but for most of the semester it's been loading quite smoothly... up until a couple weeks ago. Now it's taking as long as an hour and a half from when I shut it down until when it will boot back up, and it's happening more consistently than ever before. During this time, if I just push the on button, my computer tower will light up and make a few noises, but my monitor, speakers, etc. will give no indications of being connected to a running PC; moreover, after waking up my hard drive just sits there humming softly, making none of the heavier noises associated with the actual startup procedure. Then, having waited about an hour and a half, I press the button again, and poof! It starts up normally.
Anyone have any ideas what the problem could be?