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Old 08-26-2005, 07:14 AM
Dia O'Neil
 
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so my question is this: why does my computer suddenly feel the need to shut down every night? it's never done this before, it's been fine all summer, and now all of a sudden it just seems to say "Hmm, well, everybody ELSE is asleep..." and i wake up and it's off. i keep it on all the time i am at work, which is decidedly longer than i ever sleep for [haha] so it's not inactivity. this doesn't seem to mess anything up, really, and i am getting no virus reports [although i am running an antivirus and spyware program just to be sure] and my settings are the same as they have always been - never shut off. it's just annoying really.

anyone know why my computer is narcoleptic? anybody? anybody? beuller?
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Old 08-26-2005, 10:01 AM
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so my question is this: why does my computer suddenly feel the need to shut down every night? it's never done this before, it's been fine all summer, and now all of a sudden it just seems to say "Hmm, well, everybody ELSE is asleep..." and i wake up and it's off. i keep it on all the time i am at work, which is decidedly longer than i ever sleep for [haha] so it's not inactivity. this doesn't seem to mess anything up, really, and i am getting no virus reports [although i am running an antivirus and spyware program just to be sure] and my settings are the same as they have always been - never shut off. it's just annoying really.

anyone know why my computer is narcoleptic? anybody? anybody? beuller?
If you've turned the monitor off using the Fn + F3 command, that usually resets all your power settings to default. Other than that, I've found that when a computer randomly shuts off and on again in the middle of the night, it's blue screening. For about a week or so I would go to bed, and have my comp blue screen in the night, and wake up with a restarted computer. THis was quite upsetting as I was getting no microsoft error message thing (which usually blames it on a device driver error, the answer to all problems with windows) and I knew if my computer was restarting, it wasnt completing its scheduled backups. You might also try checking the computers event view in the control panel. Control panel --> administrative tools --> event view. It might list an event which caused the comp to restart
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Old 08-26-2005, 02:07 PM
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I assume you've checked the aforementioned power settings, right? Right click on your desktop, choose properties, click on the Screen Saver tab, and click on the Power button near the bottom. From there you can see whether it's set to shut off after a period of time.
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