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DXnfiniteFX 09-24-02 12:07 AM

Serious problem! Computer that boots by itself!?
Yes, the subject says it all. It's very strange. I don't think my system specs are important, nor the drivers for my hardware. If it is off, it's off. If it's on, it's on. But this thing has been acting strange recently! This probelm showed up and since I browse the boards every-so-often, I thought I could get some help here. Anyways, here's my specs:

Windows XP Home Edition--Service Pack 1
2.0 GHz Northwood Pentium 4
845-D chipset
Geforce 4 Ti 4600
Sound Blaster Live!
80 GB 7200 RPM hard disk

Note that everything I have has the latest drivers. I have also just recently reformatted my computer to install Service Pack 1. What could be the culprit?

Yesterday night, I turned my PC off and sleep. As soon as I wake up, I see the power light. . . What in the world!? So I turn it off and head off to school. . . Only to discover when I come back that the thing is on again! Can anyone help? I am computer literate, but this is the single strangest case I have ever had!

Note: I do not believe the problem to be the BIOS, as it didn't create any problems until just several days ago. I don't believe drivers are the culprit, as something that is off cannot read drivers. Besides, I already installed the latest drivers already for all my hardware. I don't believe the OS is responsible, because as OS that isn't running can't cause problems on a computer that isn't running. . . Again, I just recently did a clean install just for Service Pack 1.


LORD-eX-Bu 09-24-02 01:39 AM

eh, I have one word for you. POLTERGEIST!:eek: I'd call an indian guy over to your house or something, and keep away from the TV and mirrors... in fact, MOVE!:p

Essense 09-24-02 01:51 AM

#1 make sure no one in the house has used your computer and left it on.

#2 make sure "Wake on Lan" or "Wake on Ring" or any other "Wake on" option is disabled in the bios. Those are the only things that could cause this problem.


FastM 09-24-02 08:58 AM

I have heard of this before over at www.AmdMB.com so your not alone, but i have no idea why or a solution.

Spectral 09-24-02 01:43 PM

Hehe, the same thing sorta happened to me the other day.

I put in my old network card again cause I just got my dsl back, and my computer turned itself on as soon as the network card started going into the slot...

Freaked me out... So, I totally disconnected the power and put it back in. Hasnt happened since.

Matthyahuw 09-24-02 01:45 PM

I had this issue on 2 computers before...the 1st one was what Essense pointed out, WOL was enabled, and for some reason, that computer didn't like my hub, and the hub woke it up constantly for no reason...

2nd computer had power issues. When there was a power surge/outage/brownout it came to life...

So here's what ya do, disable the "wake..." stuff in the BIOS, and if you need to, get an "online" UPS with brownout protection...

thcdru2k 09-24-02 01:50 PM

i think you need to get your computer exorcised.


DXnfiniteFX 09-24-02 05:48 PM

Here's a new development. I checked my device manager and all my networking and modem devices do not have the capability to bring the PC out of standby. Shutdown seems like an entirely different matter. . . In any case, it only seems to happen when I shut it off recently. If it doesn't turn on after several hours, it stays off. But if it decides to turn on, it only does so when it has been shut off recently.

Although it is still happening every-so-often, I want to thank everyone for their help. Keep the suggestions coming!

netviper13 09-24-02 05:54 PM

there could be a short in your power switch?

DXnfiniteFX 09-24-02 11:53 PM

First of all, I want to thank everyone here for their help in this issue.

Things are looking slightly better. I litterally removed the power to my surge protector for about half an hour. I have also enabled the hibernation feature, though I have never used to before. Strangely enough, doing one, the other, or both seemed to have its effect. The issue hasn't popped up since. Certainly, this is better than nothing.

I will let you guys know if anything new turns up. Again, thanks for the help.

thcdru2k 09-25-02 12:20 AM

you could've forgone all that trouble if you just performed the exorcism :)

LORD-eX-Bu 09-25-02 01:24 AM

Well, this isn't really anything I should be bragging about, but I am a Priest. Yep, you didn't read wrong, I am a priest.:D

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