What is a power supply problem?

Question

My computer has (since I put it together) had problems rebooting, sometimes it will be in the middle of a game and at other times it is while loading a page, others just while it is sitting there. I also hear a high pitched noise coming from the computer and I am certain that it isn't a fan. The noise seems to get louder whenever the computer is working. I have tried disconnecting everything not needed for operation and have the same problems and noise. I'm at a loss, I've just been dealing with it. What could the problem be?

Answer

This question was answered on March 25, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

You probably have a power supply problem Make sure everything is properly plugged in.

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Posted by Natalia of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 25, 2003