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    Default Dell Dimension powering up on its own

    My Dimension has now decided to power up on its own.

    This poor thing has had the operating software done in by a power outage and the power supply cooked by a power surge, so I keep the power to it off until I want to use the computer. In the last two weeks, when I plug in the surge suppressor power strip it is connected to, the computer boots up without me pushing the power button. I just changed the battery on the motherboard, but I can't see where this has anything to do with this issue.

    Any suggestions? I'm just wondering if the power button has gone bad or if this is a sign the computer may be on its last legs.

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    Is it powered off or in sleep mode?

    Really not too unusual...people @ times schedule the computer to boot for example in the A.M.

    Changing the battery will reset the BIOS

    It could be a loose or bad power switch as well

    Look both in Device Manager and BIOS. Somewhere you will see settings that allows that device to bring the computer out of sleep mode.

    Most often it is the network option that will boot the computer if allowed in the BIOS

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    Configuring Wake on LAN
    BIOS Settings

    The Wake-On-LAN functionality is generally disabled by default. The option to enable Wake-On-LAN is different with each computer manufacturer. The most common method adopted across different PC's are as follows:
    1. During the computer�s power-on self-test enter the BIOS setting screen by pressing the F1, INS, or DEL keys.
    2. Select Power settings. Check for Power Up Control.
    3. Enable settings related to Power Up on PCI card, LAN, or Network.
    4. Click Save and exit the BIOS settings.
    5. In your case turn it OFF
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    1. To enter the BIOS @ the first text on the screen or when the Dell™ logo appears, tap <F2> until the message Entering Setup appears.
    Note:
    Some older Dell computers use an alternate key sequence instead of <F2> to enter System Setup. These key sequences include:
    • <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Enter>
    • <Delete>
    • <Fn>+<F1> (laptop computers only)
    • <Fn>+<Esc> (laptop computers only)
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    I just moved things around in my home office this morning and will hook it all back up tomorrow.

    I will do all of the above and see how it goes.

    Thanks so much for your help once again!!!!

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    Your welcome...take your time and let us know...abs
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    I hooked it all back up and the thing is now working fine! go figure!

    Thanks for your help anyway!

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    Glad all is well...your welcome

    Thank you for the update
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