Thursday, August 28, 2008
My Computer is Freaking Me Out (Little Help, Please)
About halfway through my evening lesson, I started to hear what sounded like a tapping noise behind my television. It was raining outside so I thought it was some sort of referred sound from water dripping or that there may possibly be a leak such that water was dripping between the walls.
About 10 minutes later, the old PC that I keep under the television spontaneously turned itself on. It has a very loud fan so it's impossible not to notice that it has revved itself up. I mentioned it to my student and made a joke about a ghost turning it on. I reached over and turned it off. Very soon thereafter, I heard the tapping again and this time I noticed that the power light on the USB speakers attached to this particular PC was flashing and then the PC turned itself back on again. The second time, I let it go since I didn't want to disrupt the lesson. As soon as the lesson was over though, I unplugged my self-starting PC.
I've never had this sort of problem with a computer before, but I have to imagine this isn't good. This particular PC is about 6 or 7 years old and I'm guessing there is some sort of power supply failure going on, but I'd really appreciate any advice or feedback from others who have more knowledge of the electronics of a computer and what might be causing this.
I had planned on re-formatting this computer's hard drive because it had been acting wonky when connected to the television (which is all it does now). It was having a weird crash where the T.V. would blank out and we couldn't get the screen back unless we restarted. I thought it was a software issue, but now I'm starting to wonder if it was something else.
So, is this computer ready for the happy hunting ground?