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Computer turns on on its own!....

By MadestroITSolutions ·
Hi guys,
I am a programmer/computer consultant with 7+ years of experience. With that being said, here is the issue that has me scratching my head...
Every time I set my computer in Hybernation, it turns on on its own around 12:00am. This does not happen when I shut it off, only when it hybernates.
I have tried anything I can think of, I have checked the registry, startup, scheduled tasks, windows updates, BIOS, trojans, viruses, you name it, I cannot figure out why this damn thing turns on automatically at midnight (when hybernating).

I am out of ideas. Any suggestions?

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by CG IT In reply to Computer turns on on its ...

Sounds like you checked all the standard stuff. Do you know of any applications on the comp [maybe proprietary] that would wake up the computer to do something? [not scheduled tasks].

Do you have any Symantec applications installed like Live Update?

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by CG IT In reply to

betcha its the live update from symantec what symantec products you got?

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by CG IT In reply to

The only other thing I can think of is maybe the pet cat that walks across the keyboard or bumps the mouse or something [gremlins] that bumps the keyboard or mouse which tells the comp to come out of hibernation.

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by Dr Dij In reply to Computer turns on on its ...

if it was all the time I'd say you've missed the setting for wakeup time in bios. found this (hidden away on a hard to find bios menu) and disabled it for a relative that had pc turning on on a schedule.

since it's sometimes only, either a bug or setting in the hibernation mode. did you check the faqs / knowledge base for your model?

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by Megkilla In reply to Computer turns on on its ...

Maybe the WAKE-ON-LAN is activated on the BIOS, that could be the problem if you have some synchronisation or a scheduled task on a server that may wake your computer . . . Just an idea . . .

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by MadestroITSolutions In reply to Computer turns on on its ...

I have not been able to spot any proprietary program that may be causing this. I do have Symantec Live Update however, is there any place where I can check for such a setting?

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by MadestroITSolutions In reply to Computer turns on on its ...

Thanks for the replies guys. I checked the BIOS and cannot find such settings. Is it possible that they are hidden? Is there some way to access them?

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Computer turns on on its ...

Sometimes Avatars are good things your's gave me the idea for this answer.

Have you written anything in VB for a .NET Framework environment which makes a call for something?

I've seen this on numerous times with one .NET program that my GP's Daughter wrote and while that wasn't an issue it was a side effect of some bad programing that was causing other problems.


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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

Sometimes a Ripple on the mains can cause this.

Do you have anything that is set to start running at Midnight?

Or do you live in an area where there is a power drain momentarily at Midnight?

If this is the case fitting a small UPS should cure the problem. It may even be an idea to fit one if only to rule out a Mains Problem that is driving you crazy trying to work out. At least that way if it still occurs you know it is computer related and not connected to anything else. At the moment you are looking for a Computer/Software problem that is causing this to happen and it just might not be the case. You need to rule out any other possibilities until you have found the source of the problem and then figure out a solution from there.

So what I would be doing even if only on a temp basis s to fit a UPS to the tower only and then removing any USB or Network leads and see what happens. If that stops the problem then you can start to add one item at a time till the problem reoccures and then you will at least know what is causing it and how to go about fixing it if it's practical.

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