My computer keeps turning itself on

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It's a pos alienware x51 i3 model. Last night I thought I had just left it on so today I made sure it was off before I left for work; come home to see 2 glowing eyes on the front of the case (of course it helps to get home at 2am too!) I'm going to poke around in the bios but it is as simple as a bios can be.

Running full AV and malwarebytes pro & system is up to date on patches.

Spooky! :eek:
 
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Well no luck on the bios.

This has happened before, but I always thought I left it on. Tonight I know I didn't. I run Aida64 and they have a gadget where you can monitor a lot of things in your system (one of them is uptime). When I got home, the computer was on for 11+ hours (meaning it turned on after I left). Also I p/w my machine and when I put in the password, it did a normal login (not a login from a locked station).

Weird.
 
glussier

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Do you have any options such as "Wake on lan", "Wake on usb", etc enabled?
 
glussier

glussier

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No, I don't think that the problem is caused by a virus. I'm pretty sure that there is option to awaken your computer. I'll see if I can find something.
 
SpywareDr

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What are your BIOS options under Advanced > Power Management Setup? If I'm remembering correctly there was an "AC Recovery" which could be toggled On/Off as well as an "Auto Power On" that could be Disabled/Enabled.
 
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Auto power on was set as disabled, but AC recovery was set to "last state" and now has been changed to off. Hopefully that will fix it b/c it turned itself on again today. :(
 
SpywareDr

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AC Recovery sets the behavior of the computer after a power failure: Power Off, Power On or Last State, (Default: Off). If your problem is being caused by this "Last State" setting, that would indicate the computer was On when there was a loss of power. And whenever power was restored the computer is automatically powering itself back up.

What is the computer plugged into, (wall receptacle, power strip, UPS [uninterruptable power supply])?

How are you powering down the computer? Start > Shutdown, pressing a button, flipping a switch, ...?

Are you using Sleep, Hibernate (or similar) instead of a complete shutdown?
 
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Good to know; pc was asleep when I got home from work tonight. (by asleep, I mean off)

It's plugged in to a power strip (APC) which I've had no problems.

I always shut down the computer, but lately I've shut it down & gone to bed only to wake up to it still trying to shut down. A chkdsk later, I've found some disk errors that were corrected. That was sometime early last week.

I don't use sleep or hibernate; it's a desktop. I only use sleep or hibernate with a laptop. I can wait the 60 seconds for a bootup.

Weird.
 
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SpywareDr

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Good to know; pc was asleep when I got home from work tonight. (by asleep, I mean off)
That's good to hear. I guess only time will tell if the problem's been resolved.


It's plugged in to a power strip (APC) which I've had no problems.
Yep, APC is good.


I always shut down the computer, but lately I've shut it down & gone to bed only to wake up to it still trying to shut down. A chkdsk later, I've found some disk errors that were corrected. That was sometime early last week.
Hopefully that stays corrected as well.


I don't use sleep or hibernate; it's a desktop. I only use sleep or hibernate with a laptop. I can wait the 60 seconds for a bootup.
My Desktop keyboards have a little key with a quarter-moon on them. Press it and the computers imediately go to sleep (pulling zero watts). On the Desktop I'm on right now, hit the [Spacebar] and I'm back on the 'net in 6-7 seconds. Heck, it goes from completely powered off to on the 'net in 21 seconds. (i7/32GB/SSDs) :)


Yep. Got my fingers crossed for you.
 
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I would suggest we check the power button first.

Als try the following and hope this helps.
1. remove the power sources, pressing the power button over 20 seconds do not let go, this will discharge the computer.
then connect the power cable to the computer.
2. unplug the network cable
3. use other wall jack.

Hope this helps.
Bill
Tech Manager, WPTinc.
 

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