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Posted on Wednesday, February 6, 2002 - 10:47 pm:   

This may very well be the craziest thing you have ever heard (I can hardly believe it myself). I have fairly new PC system. It is an AMD 1.2Ghz system with 128 mg of RAM,2-40GB HDs, CD-Burner, NIC and a 56K modem. I used to chalk it up to mere chance but it has happen far too many times in the last month to be chance (at least 25 times). Here it is, when I get up quickly from my desk chair in front of the PC the PC will reboot.??? It only occurs when I get up quickly from the desk chair. I get up and I will here it beep, turn around and it is re-booting. Of course there are no wires or anything that simple. I thought originally that maybe it was vibration but I can shake the syetem as long as I am in the chair and it will not re-boot. I was also thinking that it could be some kind of static discharge but this seems ridiculous to me (of course no more than the re-booting problem) since the computer is several feet away on the floor and should be EMI shielded in the case. I have absolutely no idea what the cause could be, but I thought I would ask all of the computer gurus on this site for any suggestions. Maybe I should be asking some priest to come and remove the spirits that are inhabiting my computer.
V (Vera)
Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2002 - 6:16 am:   

It does seem like a crazy thing but I have heard of esd causing reboots. Dry air can be the cause of static electricity. Like in the winter where I live the air is cold and dry. Walking across a rug and then touching a metal railing or another person causes a zap of static electricity.Is there rug on the floor in your work area? If it's possible,you could remove it to see if it makes a difference.If you can't remove it can you get the pc box off of the floor to see if that makes a difference? Heating systems in the winter can dry out the air. We heat with wood and I put a pan of water on the wood stove to increase the humidity to a comfortable level. If these things don't make any difference than maybe you should consider that priest. :)

Check back. I'm curious
Posted on Saturday, February 9, 2002 - 9:39 am:   

I live in the Northeast so the winters do cause the humidity to drop significantly, and with gas forced air heat, the house gets very dry. There is carpeting in my office area and the desk chair is cloth. So the possibility of ESD is very real. But it seems weird to me that the computer that should be shielded from EMI would be affected. Also this is not the first computer in my office, and I never experinced this before. Regardless it appears you are correct, I move the computer case to the other side of my desk area and I make a concious effort to get up more slowly from the chair. The problem has not occured in several days. Thanks for your help.....
V (Vera)
Posted on Saturday, February 9, 2002 - 4:01 pm:   

I live in the northeast too.
I never experienced that particular thing either but I defininately remember reading about it and thought it was well worth remembering, because it was so out of the ordinary and makes so much sense. Thanks for checking back.
Brian Lefoe
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2002 - 3:45 am:   

I had a similar problem for a time - I could just take my glasses off and put them on top of the box and it would reboot - turned out to be loose power connection lead! It didn't do it all the time so you can imagine my frustration at trying to show it to the IT people to get it fixed.

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