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Solved: Computer turns itsself on

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ookaosoo, Feb 15, 2005.

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  1. ookaosoo

    ookaosoo Thread Starter

    Feb 14, 2005
    Hi there,

    We recently bought a new computer from Tiny,
    everything was working pretty well, until we bagan
    to notice that the computer was turned on when
    neither me or my dad had turned it on.

    I thought that this may have been due the computer
    being set to turn itsself on in order to acquire updates.

    But i began to feel that this wasn't the reason, because
    although the computer would turn on itsself, it wouldn't
    try to connect to the internet.

    Anyhow, i disabled the automatic updates which seems
    to have no effect, our computer remains to turn itsself on.

    Could the problem be solved by changing one of the settings
    under the power management options ? i haven't yet tried this,
    as my dad is fearfull that i may do something wrong.

    I am using windows xp home edition

    any information you guys have on this matter, would be most


  2. telecom69

    telecom69 Gone but never forgotten

    Oct 12, 2001
  3. ookaosoo

    ookaosoo Thread Starter

    Feb 14, 2005
    thankyou Telecom69 for the usefull url concerning
    the problem that i'm having.

    i will keep you posted as to wether i solve the problem
    through the BIOS

    Thanks again

    Kind Regards

  4. ookaosoo

    ookaosoo Thread Starter

    Feb 14, 2005
    hi guys,

    i went into the bios and into power management,and looked
    around for the settings "wake on" & the setting "wake off",to
    disable them, but unfortunately there were no such settings,
    so i havent been able to stop my computer turning itsself on
    just yet.

    So i thought i would come back here and post the options that
    i have in my bios under power management.

    It's just i dont want to change anything without being absolutely
    certain that it is the right thing to do.

    below are the settings of "power management" in my BIOS


    ACPI Function: [enabled]
    ACPI suspend type: [ S3/Str ]
    Power management [user Define]-----power management options
    {User Define ....[selected]
    {min saving ....[ ]
    {Max Saving ....[ ]
    HDD power down: [Disabled]
    suspend mode: [disabled]
    Video off option: [ suspend-7off]
    Video off method: [V/H SYNC+blank
    Modem use IRQ [3]
    Run VGA BIOS if S3 resume: [Auto]
    Ac loss auto restart: [Former-sts]
    delay prior to thermal: [16 MIN]
    IRQ 7 Event Activity detect: [press-enter]

    these are the options under Power management setup in my BIOS

    if one of you guys could take a look at these settings
    and then give me your opinion on what needs to be changed
    i would be most greatfull.

    Kind regards

    Ricky :eek: (y)
  5. ~Candy~

    ~Candy~ Retired Administrator

    Jan 27, 2001
    Hi and welcome. Without rebooting my machine, I don't think Wake on Lan is in the power management settings. Can you take a look at advanced options?
  6. Instantjunk


    Oct 7, 2004
    I would check under advanced>onboard devices in the bios, had the same problem with the built in lan card on my machine. If you have an built in modem it should show up in the same area in the bios.

    Kind of freaky when it just comes on out of the blue. :eek:
  7. inferlogic


    Jul 22, 2004
    I would not rule out the posibility of poltergeist acctivity!! I know it sounds crazy but I had my computer do that once, turn it self on and off and then all of a sudden it started typing things out like "my name is tony" in the end I had to get a priest out to it, for exorcism, wasnt pretty.... and im being serious.
  8. Skivvywaver


    Mar 18, 2001
    Tony the haxxing poltergeist. That is too funny man. I would have tossed that machine away I think.:D
  9. StumpedTechy


    Jul 7, 2004
    Do you have your PC hooked up to a UPS? Some PC's are set to auto turn on when power is supplied and if you have power fluctuations this can cause the PC to "boot up" on its own. (And no this is NOT a bios setting)

    To see if your PC has thisfunction I would turn off your PC - unplug your power cord from the back of the PC - wait 10 seconds - and plug it back in. if it Auto-boots upon being plugged in it could be a power issue in your home.

    A good UPS will normally cure it at that point.

    Just another suggestion to put fourth.
  10. ookaosoo

    ookaosoo Thread Starter

    Feb 14, 2005
    Inferlogic i won't rule out your theory , my dad has seen a ghost in the room which our computer is kept, when this used to be his bedroom, he would wake up feeling a cold chill like someone was watching him, and on occasions he has seen a figure which he has described as "nelson" as in the french explorer.
    perhaps this explorer who traveled the world in his life has also traveled space and the
    spirit realms in his death, and maybe just maybe he's now trying to travel hyper space through our computer :-D,

    no seriously my dad did see a ghost which he says was nelson, but i doubt that this
    fellow is messing with our comp or any other ghost for that matter, although it would
    be cool if something paranormal was involved, it would brighten up my day ,hehe,anyway

    I will now try StumpedTechy's ideas on fixing the problem,then i will check the bios for advanced settings, see if that fixes the problem, if that fails i will go into services.msc, and disable scheduled tasks, failing all this ill pop back, thanks for the advice guys, i appreciate it, as soon as this issue is solved, i will mark this thread as solved, thanks again, ill keep you all posted.


  11. ookaosoo

    ookaosoo Thread Starter

    Feb 14, 2005
    I checked my "scheduled tasks" but there doesn't seem to be any tasks scheduled, which rules that possibility out, here are the few things i noticed that may be the cause, let me know what you guys think

    possible problem causes for computer turning self on-
    1: start/Control panel/performance & maintenance/power options -
    - Power scheme is set to "home/office/desk" ,if i changed this setting to "always on2 could this solve the problem ?

    2: Advanced BIOS: Quick power on self test [Enabled]
    could disabling this option solve problem ?

    3: UPS "uninterruptible power supply" is set on "currently stopped"
    ups selection gives me two options, option 1=american power conversion,
    option 2=generic, its current option is set to "none" and status is "stopped"
    could changing this fix the problem ?

    If you guys have any advice on which one of these things to change, i would
    greatly appreciate it, i would just go ahead and change them all, but my dad wants
    me to check with this forum, as he is fearfull that i may do something wrong.

    thanks for your help so far

    regards Ricky

    microsoft Windows xp home edition
    version 2002
    service pack 2

    TINY Computers (dont laugh)
    Pentium 4
    CPU 3.00GHz
    1.00GB RAM

    Radeon 9800 series 256mb PCI

    CNXT V9x PCI
  12. Instantjunk


    Oct 7, 2004
    No to #1, has to do with power saving
    Don't change #2, has to do with testing system at startup
    Leave the settings for #3, already set to disable control by a UPS

    None of the above should have anything to do with the machine turning itself on.

    Double check the advanced settings in the bios. You could also check the configuration settings in the modem in control panel> system>Device Manager> Modem Properties.
  13. lightnb


    Jun 16, 2002
    Try this: when you shut down your computer, unplug it.
  14. brite750


    Mar 16, 2002
    yeah, lets see if the ghost can plug it back in or better yet, run the pc w/o power
  15. ookaosoo

    ookaosoo Thread Starter

    Feb 14, 2005
    i checked my modem settings, all seems to be ok, i have tried everything that has been said here, and still no luck :(
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