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Desktop tower no longer automagically starting with powerstrip switch throw

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Desktop tower no longer automagically starting with powerstrip switch throw


Post by sps7 » Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:06 pm

My new computer problem might be hardware or software caused-- I don't know which it is.

I have my 9 year old desktop tower computer plugged into a powerstrip. I've got things set so that when I throw the powerstrip switch my computer and monitor go on. A few weeks ago the following problem began and has started again for some reason. A few weeks ago I threw the switch on the powerstrip which only made the monitor go on. I had to press the desktop tower's POWER button which I really don't like doing. I then fiddled with BIOS power settings finally getting things correct again so that both monitor and tower would go on with that powerstrip switch. [I also fiddled with KDE's System Settings for energy and power management but I think this problem has nothing to do with these settings.]

But today the problem has returned: I'm forced to use the POWER button on the desktop tower.

My BIOS only has these 3 options under "Power":

- "Last state" which restores system to the same state it was on before power failure

- "Stay off" - system will remain off once power's restored

- "Power on"

I'm wondering if software can cause changes somewhere so that I'm forced to use the tower's POWER button. Or could this problem mean hardware is starting to fail?

When I finally shut down my computer each day, I use the "Shutdown" in my K menu. Then all I have to do is throw the powerstrip switch to shut off the monitor.

---> I only use a KDE desktop. My sole OS is MX 17.1 <---

Here's output from inxi:

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$ inxi -F
System:    Host: mx17 Kernel: 4.13.0-1-amd64 x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.8.6 
           Distro: MX-17.1_x64 Horizon December 15  2017 
Machine:   Type: Desktop System: DakTech product: Discovery8 v: 2009 serial: <root required> 
           Mobo: Intel model: DG41RQ v: AAE54511-202 serial: <root required> BIOS: Intel 
           v: RQG4110H.86A.0010.2009.0408.1515 date: 04/08/2009 
CPU:       Topology: Dual Core model: Intel Core2 Duo E8500 bits: 64 type: MCP L2 cache: 6144 KiB 
           Speed: 3167 MHz min/max: 1998/3163 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 3167 2: 3167 
Graphics:  Device-1: Intel 4 Series Integrated Graphics driver: i915 v: kernel 
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.19.2 driver: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa 
           resolution: 1280x1024~60Hz 
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel G41 v: 2.1 Mesa 13.0.6 
Audio:     Device-1: Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel 
           Sound Server: ALSA v: k4.13.0-1-amd64 
Network:   Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet driver: r8169 
           IF: eth0 state: down mac: 00:1c:c0:ca:00:e1 
           Device-2: Realtek RTL8192CU 802.11n WLAN Adapter type: USB driver: rtl8192cu 
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: a4:2b:b0:bf:56:ae 
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 372.61 GiB used: 256.31 GiB (68.8%) 
           ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Seagate model: ST3400832AS size: 372.61 GiB 
Partition: ID-1: / size: 14.96 GiB used: 10.01 GiB (66.9%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1 
           ID-2: /home size: 2.55 GiB used: 1.85 GiB (72.5%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda6 
           ID-3: swap-1 size: 3.78 GiB used: 66.0 MiB (1.7%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 65.0 C mobo: N/A 
           Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A 
Info:      Processes: 175 Uptime: 2h 32m Memory: 3.83 GiB used: 3.28 GiB (85.8%) Shell: bash inxi: 3.0.24
kdf gives partition usages different from inxi's just above:

- dev/sda1 / 4.2 GB free (72% full)

- dev/sda6 /home 564.6 MB free (78% full)

- dev/sda7 /media/data 83.3 GB free (76% full)

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Re: Desktop tower no longer automagically starting with powerstrip switch throw


Post by j2mcgreg » Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:21 pm

Before I did anything else, I'd see if the probem persists with a new power bar.

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Re: Desktop tower no longer automagically starting with powerstrip switch throw


Post by fehlix » Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:58 pm

I would probably do this:
- within BIOS set the power option to "On"
Next dis-charge the capacity associated with the power button of the PC:
- Turn on the PC
- During BIOS post press the power-button and hold until PC is off
- Turn off the power-strip switch.
- If the power unit of your PC has a switch at the back turn-off this switch
- Plug-out the power-cable from power unit of the computer
- Press and hold the PC-power button and do switch on and off 2 - 3 times
the power-unit switch

At least this procedure helped me a couple of times to
get the "intelligent" power-unit into a defined state.
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