by Jimmy Greystone - 5/3/12 1:47 PM
In Reply to: Modem by klucky1219
Plenty, mostly in that there's pretty much no way the modem could be causing the computer to reboot. The only remote possibility would be WOL, but AFAIK that shouldn't allow for a computer already running to be shut down or rebooted, merely booted if otherwise powered off. All other possibilities are so far out on a limb it's like the Coyote and Roadrunner cartoons, where the coyote runs off the edge of a cliff and doesn't realize it.
The power strip would have nothing to do with this, since it would only offer a minimal level of protection against surges, but what it sounds like you have is the exact OPPOSITE of that. Also, I'll leave you to research Ohm's law on your own, but amperage is just one component. You might be suffering from an under-voltage problem, or there might be an issue somewhere between the fuse and the outlet. Someone may have accidentally driven a nail through the electrical wiring, or plenty of other things may have happened. There's also only so much power you can pull out of a single outlet, so if you have a bunch of power hungry devices all plugged into a power strip, which is trying to draw power off a single outlet, you're going to hit a wall sooner or later.
As I'm understanding your description of the problem, you have an issue with a lack of electrical power. So that is where I would focus my efforts to resolve this issue, were I you. If you are willing to go out and buy a UPS -- a decent one with an LCD display -- you could probably figure out what the problem is very quickly. If the power level took a dip, you'd hear the UPS kick in with some battery power to help compensate, along with some shrill beeping sounds. Looking at the display on the UPS, you'd be able to see exactly what was going on. A UPS with AVR (Automatic Voltage Regulation) is never a bad investment for a computer anyway. It ensures your PSU gets a nice steady diet of power in a sine wave, just how they like it. Helps keep those ever important capacitors from going bad prematurely.
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