• humberguy2000

    August 20, 2001 at 6:06 am

    Two words.

    It’s evil.

  • circlek

    August 20, 2001 at 6:07 am

    Possibly the processor is overheating and causing the reboot. If you have a little electric fan, place it behind the tower. that usually helps.

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      August 20, 2001 at 6:34 am

      I’ll see if I have a fan kicking around… maybe the roomie will let me borrow his little fan.

      • circlek

        August 20, 2001 at 6:37 am

        That is cool. That really is the only thing it could be, or else the processor is loose and not set right and if it moves the slightest it will reboot.

        • Jenny Lee Silver

          August 20, 2001 at 6:50 am

          Don’t know how it’d be moved in the middle of the night when i’m sleeping though… more likely the fan. oh well, if that’s the problem, it’s not that hard to fix.

  • jcaswell

    August 20, 2001 at 8:11 am

    It’s possessed!

    Or it’s the fan, but personally I prefer the possessed theory…

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      August 20, 2001 at 8:12 am

      I’m partial to the possessed theory, too… the computer’s name is Rhiannon. Maybe I shouldn’t have named it after a Goddess??

      • jcaswell

        August 20, 2001 at 8:14 am

        Ah, sounds like that was your mistake…

  • ojdorson

    August 20, 2001 at 8:42 am

    Okay, bad theory. Not impossible, but bad. How can the processor be overheating at night, when it’s NOT BEING USED?

    If anything is overheating, it’d be the power supply. Does it ever reboot spontaneously during the day?
    I’m going to say PowerSupply, regardless. either the power supply itself has gone bad, or the electricity in your apartment is fuzzy. You might try getting a UPS Battery Backup and running the computer off of that. They’re really not too terribly expensive, and good things to have regardless.

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      August 20, 2001 at 8:46 am

      It’s a relatively new power supply – I had that problem back in March, so had to get a new one then. The electricity in my apartment can sometimes be a bit… odd… but we haven’t figured that out yet.

      No matter how cheap it is, I honestly can’t afford it right now. I can’t even pick up a cd-rom drive for 20$ at the moment, and I need one of those too. I’ll just have to wait.

      My roomie’s computer reboots every couple of minutes. I’ve tried to tell him it’s a hardware problem, he keeps insisting it’s a virus that I’ve checked his computer for and run the fix for it about ten times. His is still under warranty, too… he just doesn’t feel like going back to the store to have them talk down to him like they did last time he tried to tell them there was something wrong…

      • ojdorson

        August 20, 2001 at 9:56 am

        hehe! He just needs to go down there and stand his ground.

        “I don’t know what’s wrong with it. That’s YOUR job. I’ve described to you the best I can what the problem is. That’s my responsibility as a consumer. Now do your job and fix it.”

        Well, I’m still betting a box of doughnuts that it’s NOT the processor over heating. If you want to check that, just leave the case off over night. Have the fan blow into the case. Again, it may be the power supply overheating.

        Your roomie’s computer, yeah – he’s silly. Virus… hahaha! I don’t even believe in them and have no virus protection software on my computers at all!

        • Jenny Lee Silver

          August 20, 2001 at 10:09 am

          I’m still partial to the theory that my computer is possessed by an angry Goddess… but hey.

          I can always look in the cmos for the temperature of the processor. It’s got that feature.

          My roomie is practically more non-confrontational than I am, I think…

  • sassyslayerette

    August 20, 2001 at 11:23 am

    Don’t you realise that you sleeping is a MAJOR Turn-off?

    To a computer that is.
    It wants to play, and there’s nothing so boring for a computer as to see it’s user sleeping and it idling!

    What you need to do is either:
    1) not sleep
    2) put it at work with SETI or something.

    It wants your sexy fingers fondling it’s keys you know 😉

    A partial followup to OJ’s comment: you mentioned swapping power supply or something. May it be so that you have fluctuating currents? Computers may be susceptible to that. Try a UPS.
    Also if are already running SETI or other idle-work clients it may be malfunctioning and you should try turning them off…

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      August 20, 2001 at 12:16 pm

      Hmmm… no, when my computer is idle, it’s idle. I occasionally leave IRC running, but that’s about it, and I don’t think it’s using that much cpu up. I would turn the system off at night, but it’s also my alarm clock right now, since I don’t own one of those.

      It’s entirely possible that the wiring in my new apartment has issues. I’m going to see what I can find out about that…

      • sassyslayerette

        August 23, 2001 at 8:19 am


        Then it shouldn’t complain on lack of your attention… but then computers are fickle, and if it’s named after a goddess… oh my..

        best luck 🙂