My original (1983?) Commodore 64 (brown breadbox with grey function keys) has trouble powering on. Specifically, when I flip the power switch the power LED will glow dimly and the machine fails to display video. However, if I unplug and re-plug the physical power (DIN) connector (with the power switch in the on position) the computer comes right up and the LED glows at full intensity.
I know C-64 power supplies are notoriously bad, but if the power supply were the problem I'm not sure the unplug/re-plug trick would work so reliably - so I was thinking maybe the switch is janky. I'm going to try swapping the power supply for a home-brew rig I keep in storage (that I know is reliable) to see if that impacts the problem, but in the mean time:
Is there any known history regarding the C64 power switch failing on early (read: before 1985ish) models? Also, if anyone has any good suggestions I wouldn't object.