I was just reading a Pacer Digest thread and had my hands completely off the 'puter (touching NOTHING) when the "puter shut down...I mean.."Click" it is off. This happens frequently. In the past I have waited hours and not been able to reboot until I switch the plug's positions in my power cords (2). I did it immediately after this shut down and am back online within 3 minutes. We are currently into our 4th set of surge protectors (though not expensive ones).
Now a couple of weeks ago Geezer Jr. noted that As I was vacuuming the hallway outside the computer room it was shutting down everytime I turned the vacuum on. Sunday as I was vacuuming this room the 'puter continuously rebooted itself, until I finished and shut off the vacuum.
Power drain rather than surge? When it happend just now, I did not notice any light flickers or any such symptoms, it just went off.
By way of info, this is a clone I had built. There are 6 fans in it but I had 1 disconnected because the dern thing was so loud we couldn't hear outside the room.
What is going on and why would switching outlet positions correct it?????? I re-emphasize...IT WILL NOT RESTART UNTIL THE PLUGS ARE SWITCHED.
(here's my sci-fi theory......electron build-up around the prongs).