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..You say, "Not under warranty. ...just barely". In that case, I'd call Peachtree promptly and request a return authorization so they can check it out. ..My guess is they'll fix it under warranty so long as there is no evidence of any sort of misuse. ..I would NOT open it up and start checking things with a volt meter (let alone heat up the soldering iron - yikes!). ..Any evidence that you've attempted to repair it yourself will undoubtedly preclude any free-of-charge repair.
Peachtree is a great fledgling brand that offers innovative products and is working hard to gain marketshare with music-server oriented audiophiles. However, they've been criticized here and elsewhere for their rather unimpressive 1 year warranty. ..Plus, since their products are aimed squarely at the computer user - and therefore internet-savvy - they risk dinging their all-important online reputation by charging people to repair problems that arise shortly after the warranty expires. ..Not to put too fine a point on it, but be gracious, polite, and let them know (without threatening) that you frequent on-line forums where their products are discussed and fans share their experiences. ..I would do this even if you bought it used. ..The warranty is transferable (if memory serves me..). I like their products, but a one-year warranty, IMHO, sucks and is certainly not the norm in this price segment.