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computer shuts down immediately when I plug in headphones

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mr_malkovich, Feb 18, 2013.

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  1. mr_malkovich

    mr_malkovich Thread Starter

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    Hi, I run a macbook pro 13" with 2.5GHZ pcu and 2.7GB RAM. I have Windows XP installed via Boot Camp.
    Sometimes when I plug in regular headphones or plug/unplug AC power, the computer will shut down immediately. No warning, no "shutting down" screen, just OFF.
    Took my computer to the store, they ran test, they verified it's not a hardware issue. They looked very confused and seemed like they didn't know what else to do, and I needed to get back to work so I took my computer back. But I need to know what is happening here, it is very dangerous for my computer.
    Malwarebytes and AVG scans showed no problems.

    Any ideas? Thank you.
     
  2. Frank4d

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    It could be electrostatic discharge (ESD), like the little zap you get sometimes when touching something after walking across carpet, especially when the humidity is very low. Try to notice if the computer shuts off when you just touch the headphone or power adapter plugs to the computer before it is actually plugged in. If it does, that is probably what is happening.

    Its just a guess, but I have damaged a couple of computers at home by this from plugging in USB thumb drives.
     
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