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PC turns on on its own, any ideas?

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May 16, 2006 3:35:16 PM

Ok so for months now my pc has been turning on by itself and i figured i would ask for advice in the forums. Basicaly here is what happens: I turn my pc off by doing the normal shut down from windows (or linux depending which os i am using). Then at some point, sometimes soon after or sometimes a while after, my pc will just power up. I dont have the first clue what is causing this, so hopefully someone on here does. Thanks in advance for any help

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May 16, 2006 3:39:04 PM

thats a little crazy, what options do you have on your motherboard to power up your computer?
May 16, 2006 4:30:13 PM

Maybe some obscure BIOS setting is causing it to boot up. You can get a PC to boot with a certain type of "ping" over the network cable, as well as for other reasons.

However, since my experience here is quite limited, I am going to assume it was a ghost, or the Tooth Fairy.
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May 16, 2006 4:31:02 PM

my old pc used to turn on by itself also,it happened when a computer it was networked got switched on.or maybe you have a sticky on/off button?
May 16, 2006 4:33:29 PM

there must be ghosts haunting your house... was it built over an indian cemetery?
May 16, 2006 4:35:06 PM

oh yeah, it could be wake on lan, wake on ring, some scheduled wake up time. look at bios
May 16, 2006 5:16:57 PM

Try WoL and WoR like people say, also look for 'power on spacebar/mousebutton' and check your keyb or mouse. Clean your power button, too! sounds dumb, but it could be the solution.
May 16, 2006 5:35:36 PM

Ok, so i disabled the wake on lan and the wake on ring feature in the bios (hopefully that is it) thanks. However, there is also another one i am not sure about: "Wake on PME". What in the world is PME (sorry if it is a stupid question, i bet its some easy acronym i just cant think of) but should i disable this as well?
May 16, 2006 5:54:04 PM

Almighty Google says that "Wake on PME" lets you receive wake up events from the PCI bus.
May 16, 2006 6:23:26 PM

Yea, realized after i asked that question that i was being retarded and should just look it up haha. Thanks though.
May 16, 2006 6:42:13 PM

Call Ghostbusters; that thing is posessed.
May 16, 2006 7:22:00 PM

That's weird I never heard of such things. I know you can turn on the pc by a press of a keyboard or mouse or even remotely. But there could be many reasons.

1. Your pc might be possesed,if so get an exorcist.

2. Maybe "the one" is trying to contact you through the internet.

3. It could have a mind on it's own, it will try to take over the world.

4. Could be some sort of fualty motherboard, replace a known working one.

5. Your pc might be inficted with a virus, making it a "zombie pc". Scan it for viruses and other suspicious softwares.

Save all important documents and files (including porn) if you have to and reinstall windows again. Could be a conflict in the OS software.
May 16, 2006 7:56:16 PM

Check your BIOS configuration:

1) Make sure that you do not have BOOT on LAN option ON, otherwise someone can boot your computer trough internet.

2) Make sure that you do not have any alarm clock that turn automatically your PC ON.


Hope this can help.
May 16, 2006 8:37:33 PM

I think disabling the wake on lan and wake on PME fixed it. Well, at least i had it off for two hours and it didnt turn on itself. (i guess tonight will be the true test when i go to bed) So thanks for the help everyone. I believe its the LAN one waking the system up, our school randomly goes through the lan to check out computers (military school). Anyway, thanks again.
May 17, 2006 12:01:47 AM

cool glad you fixed it,on my old pc i never changed the bios but it stopped on its own
May 17, 2006 1:15:16 AM

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I think disabling the wake on lan and wake on PME fixed it. Well, at least i had it off for two hours and it didnt turn on itself. (i guess tonight will be the true test when i go to bed) So thanks for the help everyone. I believe its the LAN one waking the system up, our school randomly goes through the lan to check out computers (military school). Anyway, thanks again.


Hey no problem. 10 box! :lol: 
May 17, 2006 3:23:35 PM

My PC used to turn itself on too.

I don't exactly what was at fault but it was associated with a particular power supply. I think it was either insufficient keep-alive power (or whatever it's called) or noise on the mobo.

When I changed power supply it stopped happening.
May 17, 2006 5:56:35 PM

What PSU and MOBO did you use?
May 17, 2006 6:31:28 PM

I wa gonna mention bios settings if that dont work
a few punches or maybe if this is an ongoing problem try
your power switch connections then if not

punch repeatedly until you get the desired effect
May 17, 2006 7:38:27 PM

punch what? your face?
May 17, 2006 8:22:57 PM

jap0nes: nice system you got! how much did you pay for it?
I have an P 200MHz MMX! I can sell it to you.

So you can have double speed that what you currently have.
May 17, 2006 9:08:30 PM

all of your comeback are belong to us
May 18, 2006 12:36:37 AM

hmmm i dont know exactly how much i paid for it coz it's been in the family for a long time, and i've been putting some "new" parts to it like the hd (the original was a 540MB quantum fireball), memory, the video card...

thanks for the offer, but i cant buy from you, i'm not in the US :/ 

my dream cpu is a 233MMX ahahaha and a voodoo card or some diamond stealth
May 18, 2006 2:09:07 AM

Oh man! You can overclock my 200MHz to 233MHz.

Note: the CPU does not have the FAN, I mean is made without FAN, so if you want to overclock it I think you should buy a 233MHz CPU's FAN.
May 18, 2006 11:22:15 AM

oh, i know them... it must me one of those with a large heatsink with no fan... well, a 233 can be overclocked to 262 with the fsb set to 75mhz :p 
also, it's a childhood dream, i want a 233 ahahhah
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