Can somebody help this Mac user with a Windows problem? I’ve got a cheap eMachines Windows XP machine that don’t use much. I bought it last year when my old Mac G4 finally bit the dust, as an interim solution, so that I could still do e-mail/Internet while I figured out how I was going to replace the Mac.
Anyway, once I got a new Mac, I thought I’d use the PC for a distributed computing project (Folding@Home). But every time I’d check F@H’s progress, I’d discover the program had apparently crashed, so I eventually gave up on that. A couple days ago I decided to try out Dungeons & Dragons Online, which only runs on Windows. I downloaded the software overnight, planning to install it the next day, so I left IE open in the background (for the instructions on the Web page). Next morning, both IE and the DDO downloader/installer had apparently crashed.
I discovered the actual problem last night, only because I’d hooked up speakers and had left the monitor powered on (but “asleep”). A bit after 3:00AM I was awakened (my computers are in my bedroom) by the room suddenly lighting up, and then blown out of bed by Windows startup music.
Aha! Windows XP is, for whatever reason, rebooting itself in the middle of the night. Programs I’d left running weren’t crashing, they were simply shutting down for these reboots. So does anybody know why XP is doing this? And can I change a setting somewhere so that it will stop doing this?
I haven’t installed any 3rd-party utilities (virus scanners, etc). In fact, I’ve installed very little of anything on this PC.