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    Eiltop Guest

    Default Help - my computer keeps turning on by itself

    I am a complete novice and my sons computer keeps turning on by itself after
    we have shut it down properly. It will turn back on right away or it can
    turn on after 4 or 5 hours. I have played around with some of the control
    panel options but nothing has worked. Can anyone help?

    Thanks



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    Nonny Guest

    Default Re: Help - my computer keeps turning on by itself

    On Mon, 21 Jul 2008 17:55:01 -0700, Eiltop
    <Eiltop@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >I am a complete novice and my sons computer keeps turning on by itself after
    >we have shut it down properly. It will turn back on right away or it can
    >turn on after 4 or 5 hours. I have played around with some of the control
    >panel options but nothing has worked. Can anyone help?


    Do you know what the BIOS is? Have you ever gone in there to change a
    setting?

    There is usually a setting in there that says something like "Wake on
    LAN". You need to make sure that's disabled.

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    Eiltop Guest

    Default Re: Help - my computer keeps turning on by itself

    I don't know what the BIOS is.....is this really complicated or can I do a
    search on BIOS on the computer and figure it out? Thanks so much!

    "Nonny" wrote:

    > On Mon, 21 Jul 2008 17:55:01 -0700, Eiltop
    > <Eiltop@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >
    > >I am a complete novice and my sons computer keeps turning on by itself after
    > >we have shut it down properly. It will turn back on right away or it can
    > >turn on after 4 or 5 hours. I have played around with some of the control
    > >panel options but nothing has worked. Can anyone help?

    >
    > Do you know what the BIOS is? Have you ever gone in there to change a
    > setting?
    >
    > There is usually a setting in there that says something like "Wake on
    > LAN". You need to make sure that's disabled.
    >


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    Bob D. Guest

    Default Re: Help - my computer keeps turning on by itself

    The bios or setup is usually accessed early in the boot sequence, for
    example you will see something like hit Del key for setup. Then just follow
    what Nonny said to try looking for.

    Bob


    "Eiltop" <Eiltop@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:667C76E2-79D1-4C29-ABED-2718E671BEEA@microsoft.com...
    >I don't know what the BIOS is.....is this really complicated or can I do a
    > search on BIOS on the computer and figure it out? Thanks so much!
    >
    > "Nonny" wrote:
    >
    >> On Mon, 21 Jul 2008 17:55:01 -0700, Eiltop
    >> <Eiltop@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >>
    >> >I am a complete novice and my sons computer keeps turning on by itself
    >> >after
    >> >we have shut it down properly. It will turn back on right away or it
    >> >can
    >> >turn on after 4 or 5 hours. I have played around with some of the
    >> >control
    >> >panel options but nothing has worked. Can anyone help?

    >>
    >> Do you know what the BIOS is? Have you ever gone in there to change a
    >> setting?
    >>
    >> There is usually a setting in there that says something like "Wake on
    >> LAN". You need to make sure that's disabled.
    >>



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    Nonny Guest

    Default Re: Help - my computer keeps turning on by itself

    On Mon, 21 Jul 2008 20:06:01 -0700, Eiltop
    <Eiltop@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >I don't know what the BIOS is.....is this really complicated or can I do a
    >search on BIOS on the computer and figure it out? Thanks so much!


    What kind of computer (brand) is it? If you have the make and model
    number, even better.


    >
    >"Nonny" wrote:
    >
    >> On Mon, 21 Jul 2008 17:55:01 -0700, Eiltop
    >> <Eiltop@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >>
    >> >I am a complete novice and my sons computer keeps turning on by itself after
    >> >we have shut it down properly. It will turn back on right away or it can
    >> >turn on after 4 or 5 hours. I have played around with some of the control
    >> >panel options but nothing has worked. Can anyone help?

    >>
    >> Do you know what the BIOS is? Have you ever gone in there to change a
    >> setting?
    >>
    >> There is usually a setting in there that says something like "Wake on
    >> LAN". You need to make sure that's disabled.
    >>


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    To get to the BIOS you usuallt have to hit the ESC BEFORE you see the spalsh screen that shows the Windows logo. Instructions on what keys to use to change settings are on the left side panel. Do NOT change anything you don't understand, unless specifically instructed to do so.

    If it turns on "by itself" - is it really "by itself", or is there a cat in the room who could have bumped keys and cords, or vibrations, phone ringing, etc.? If so, you have to make sure you have the computer set to shut down on "shut down," rather then hibernate or stand by (which are actually two different things).

    Otherwise, you may have been hijacked, run spy/ad-ware checkers.

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    Nonny Guest

    Default Re: Help - my computer keeps turning on by itself

    On Tue, 22 Jul 2008 11:31:15 +0530, mewgirl
    <mewgirl.3cxt1r@winvistaclub.com> wrote:

    >
    >To get to the BIOS you usuallt have to hit the ESC


    The only major brand name that works for is Toshiba.

    >BEFORE you see the
    >spalsh screen that shows the Windows logo. Instructions on what keys to
    >use to change settings are on the left side panel. Do NOT change
    >anything you don't understand, unless specifically instructed to do so.
    >
    >If it turns on "by itself" - is it really "by itself", or is there a
    >cat in the room who could have bumped keys and cords, or vibrations,
    >phone ringing, etc.? If so, you have to make sure you have the computer
    >set to shut down on "shut down," rather then hibernate or stand by
    >(which are actually two different things).
    >
    >Otherwise, you may have been hijacked, run spy/ad-ware checkers.


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    That's weird because I use at least 3 - 4 different (in different physical locations as well) public computers every day and I've only once had escape not work for me...

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    Nonny Guest

    Default Re: Help - my computer keeps turning on by itself

    On Tue, 22 Jul 2008 16:30:35 +0530, mewgirl
    <mewgirl.3cy4yz@winvistaclub.com> wrote:

    >
    >That's weird because I use at least 3 - 4 different (in different
    >physical locations as well) public computers every day and I've only
    >once had escape not work for me...


    Your experience is very weird - and I plain don't believe it: I've
    yet to see a public computer that would let me access the BIOS.

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    Maybe you work specifically in tech and only work with those as public computers, but most people don't even bother passwording the BIOS anymore; I did on my laptop but that didn't work because th epop-up message with my phone number then woudln't show up of course until after you put in the password - so I think I screwed myself in doing so when it got stolen. Even the computers on the two networks that actually require CTRL+ALT+DEL as well as a person logging themselves each time they start up you could get to the BIOS. Matter of fact, some BIOOS don't even have the option to password, or if they do it's hidden which is probably hard with the setups being so simple.

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