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Computer only powers up if wall socket had nothing connected until immediately before powering up computer

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#1 edherbs135


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Posted 25 October 2012 - 05:17 AM

Interesting power problem, computer will boot fine immediately after plugging into wall socket assuming nothing (including the computer) had been plugged in. Experiences no other power issues at all.

However if the computer or anything else had been plugged in to the wall socket for more than a couple of minutes before attempting to power it on, it will not power on at all. Basically meaning that every time it is turned off, that everything, not just the peripherals, but even the lamp needs to be pulled out of the wall until just before it is needed to be used again.

Essentially just wondering if anyone else has experienced an issue anything remotely like this...?

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 10:27 AM

Are the cords which are plugged into this receptacle warm to touch close to the plug of the cords?

If they are you may have a loose connection which will generate this heat.

Are the receptacles in this room are all on the same circuit?

If they are, try plugging the computer into another receptacle with a lamp plugged in and turned on. you may need to use an extension cord. If the problem doesn't repeat with another receptacle this would reinforce a diagnosis of a loose connection in the first box.

I've seen loose connections which will still hold normal line voltage but will not be able to produce normal current, this could explain the phenomenon you are experiencing.

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#3 edherbs135

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 06:43 AM

Thanks, while there is no extra heat being generated it does seem to be just this wall socket, so probably a loose connection like you said, maybe a rat chewing the wires or something...?

Anyway, thanks for the tip

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