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ivan

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Desktop restarts at local midnight
« on: December 31, 2016, 01:54:44 pm »
This is an odd 'problem' that I noticed on one of the computers assembled by our teens that are on our social program.

A few days ago that computer happened to be on at midnight when I saw it restart the desktop.  I have now seen this at every midnight since then but can't see any reason for it to do so.

If anyone has any ideas please post them.

This computer is one they have assembled from salvaged parts and consists of:
Acer MCP61M2MA-K motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 x2 dual core processor 4200+
2x 1GB DDR2 Memory
ATI Radeon X550 graphics card (not using the internal nvidia)
ST3320820AS SATA hard disk
ST320LM001 SATA hard disk
DVD RW SATA
DVD ROM SATA

The operating system was installed from an updated (using UPDCD) OS/2 CP2 (they needed to see how it was done and do it).
Latest XWorkplace installed
Styler2 and a set of utilities that we use on all our computers is also installed.

In other words, apart from some of the specialist programs, which shouldn't have any bearing on the problem, it is the same as all our other computers - the ones that don't reset the desktop at midnight.

Thought please.



Dave Yeo

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Re: Desktop restarts at local midnight
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2016, 06:43:07 pm »
Are you running a NNTP (network time protocol) client? If so try turning it off.

ivan

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Re: Desktop restarts at local midnight
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2016, 08:32:35 pm »
Thanks Dave,  There is the Daytime client running as far as I know (that is one of the normal utilities bundle we install as normal).  I will switch that off tomorrow because I'm not in the office this evening and I can't be bothered leaving my warm house to go out in 4oC to get there.

Doug Bissett

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Re: Desktop restarts at local midnight
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2016, 09:35:10 pm »
Is it on an electric outlet, that may be connected to something like a resync for clocks? I remember some discussion about such  thing, a few years ago. If I remember correctly, the clocks were long gone, but the resync signal was still happening every night at midnight, and it was causing a computer problem.

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Re: Desktop restarts at local midnight
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2017, 12:28:27 pm »
Thanks Doug,  Pulses on the mains was one of the things I thought about, we have seen enough computers reboot because a piece of equipment started or stopped in an engineering plant to know about such things from actual experience.