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4:00pm on Friday, 25th April, 2008:

Respawning Computer


I switched my computer off last night, only to find it was still on this morning. I switched it off again, and it immediately rebooted.

Hmm. I don't think it's supposed to do that.

OK, so what did I do yesterday that might have messed about with some settings? Ah, I installed Daggerfall, plus the make-Daggerfall-work-under-XP patch, plus the make-Daggerfall's-sound-audible program, plus the slow-your-PC-down-to-1996-speeds program.

OK, so I undid all of those, and my PC still rebooted.

I checked the BIOS settings: nothing untoward there. I had a scoot around the registry: nothing suspicious. I switched off auto-reboot on error: it still rebooted.

So, time to get drastic: I did a system restore to 2 days ago, when things were working fine.

Nope, that didn't work either.

Finally, at the prompting of my wife, I just pulled the plug. When it recovered, my PC had forgotten all about its previous existence as a perpetually-rebooting computer, and behaved as normal.

Now that was a couple of hours of my life I could have spent more profitably on other things...

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