Computer starts up all by itself

homebuilt 2.4 ghz / Iwil
October 3, 2006 at 19:20:19
Specs: WinXp Pro/Fedora Core 2, 500

It seems like I have a ghost in my computer.
The computer will start up all by itself without me pressing the start button.
The motherboard is a ESC p4vxms version 1.0
I am not the original owner so I have no history on the unit.
I have checked in the bios to see if there was any feature to do this but I did not find anything.
Anyone have any ideas how to exorcizer this ghost?

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#1
October 3, 2006 at 19:39:37

Was it doing this from the time you acquired/put it together or is this something that just started happening for no apparent reason?. In BIOS did you see any listings under Boot options dealing with Wake-On settings such as WOL (Wake on Lan) etc?

Some boards also have a setting to enable/disable boot state in the event of power loss. Other possibilities include faulty motherboard or faulty powersupply

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#2
October 3, 2006 at 23:01:35

or faulty power switch on front of computer, where the contacts are so close together that the slightset vibration, like someone walking past makes the contacts make contact. Pull the power switch connector off the motherboard and see if same thing happens.

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#3
October 4, 2006 at 07:50:38

To add to what Richard stated there are many different Wake events that could be turned on (depending upon the motherboard).

Wake on LAN
Wake on Modem
Wake on Keyboard/Mouse
Wake on Power Restore (starts the computer after power loss)
Plus some boards have the option to turn the system on at specified times.

Good luck.

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#4
October 4, 2006 at 08:20:17

The machine should be connected to some sort of surge protector. If it's not, then I'd recommend you purchase one. Then, turn off the machine at the strip. No more self-starting. :)

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#5
October 4, 2006 at 10:32:36

"The machine should be connected to some sort of surge protector. If it's not, then I'd recommend you purchase one. Then, turn off the machine at the strip. No more self-starting. :)"

Well, that's one solution (personally I'd try to fix the problem) and it would definitely work. If the computer still starts up (w/o power) then it's probably time to move. And, I'd leave the PC behind just in case.

Michael J


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#6
October 4, 2006 at 11:18:30

Here is still another possibility not to overlook ...

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#7
October 4, 2006 at 18:32:29

Ok I did find a WOL setting that was Enable and I have Disabled it. I'll see if the ghost goes away.
Thanks for the replies

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