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e-mac shuts down

Message #1 - Posted 2004/11/09 - Rick Seatell

I was told and so I do put my e-mac to sleep when not in use. Lately when I come back to use the computer I find that the mach has shut itself off completly. The last time I had to open the case and reset the intern breaker.
Does any one know why it's acting this way and if so what can I do about it. I thank you.

Message #2 - Posted 2004/11/11 - Steve

On Tue, 9 Nov 2004 5:09:22 -0800, Rick Seatell wrote
(in message <2004110907092216807%removethisseatell@excitecom>):

I was told and so I do put my e-mac to sleep when not in use. Lately when I come back to use the computer I find that the mach has shut itself off completly. The last time I had to open the case and reset the intern breaker.
Does any one know why it's acting this way and if so what can I do about it. I thank you.

Some details about your OS version might be nice. Also, what if anything, you might've done to try to fix it would also be nice. If you have changed anything recently, this would be helpful information.

Without any of the above, I'll say:

OS 10.2 does not allow automatic shut down, OS 10.3.x does. So if you have OS 10.3, then the computer may be doing the shut down on purpose, as it is told to. If you have OS 10.2, then you likely have an anomaly.

If it is an anomaly, I would:

Run Disk Permissions (I know, I know, this is not likely to fix anything, but since it can't hurt either...), Boot from the OS install CD, BUT BE SURE *NOT* TO START AN INSTALL. Just use the pull down menus to find and use Disk Utilities, and have the program look for errors and fix them if possible. Use an even better disk utilities program like DiskWarrior or TechTool Pro. Or, and this is a drastic last resort, make sure your backups are complete and current (you do have backups, right?) and wipe the hard drive completely clean and start with a fresh OS, fresh third party software, etc. KEEP IN MIND THAT THIS IS A LOT OF WORK, AND HAS THE POTENTIAL TO LEAVE YOU WITH MISSING DATA IF DONE IMPROPERLY. There, you've been warned.

If you have OS 10.3, and you have somehow unknowingly configured your system to auto shutdown, then you just find the appropriate preferences and change them to your liking.

Steve

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