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My cat has a magic touch? Restarts my computer simply by touching the case?

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So yea... a little weird problem... Basically I'll be on my computer for a while and the cat wants attention, so she meows and comes over rubbing into my leg. But if she happens to rub into my computer tower, it instantly shuts down and reboots.

This boggles my mind to no end.. I've tried everything to try to restart it myself the same way, but it only happens when my cat, well I should specify, I have two cats. It only seems to happen when my long hair cat Penny rubs into it. My tux short hair Eddy can rub it and nothing happens...

So yea, I'm at my wits end at whats causing the issue. The system is stable. I have no other issues other than a gf who goes to questionable sites and gets me a virus from time to time heh.

So yea... The only thing I can think of is a static discharge. But can my cat really have enough static built up to rub into the front of my case and cause it to reboot?

At first I thought it was the power bar, cause its on the floor next to the case and the cat was always close to it when it happened, and since I didn't anticipate it ever, I wasn't looking at her when it happened. But I covered the power bar so she can't accidentally hit the switch. Which doesn't seem right as the bar doesn't have a reset button, just a on/off. So even if it was that, she should only turn it off, not reboot it...

The only other thing is that my desk is wood/metal cheapo... so the table top and case stand are wood, and the frame is metal tubing... It's a tight squeeze and my case is in contact with the metal bars... Also, theres carpet in the next room about a foot away from the desk/tower... and I have cables running from my tower from one room to the next across the carpet to the TV... Is there any odd perfect storm of static happening or something that get tripped when my cat makes contact with the case/desk metal simultaneously?

I'm at my wits end... I have no idea why it resets like this and why my cat can be the trigger each time... It's happened about 10 times in the last month or two and ONLY happens when my long hair rubs into the front of my case... And no, she isn't hitting the reset/power on the case.... those buttons are on the top of the case nowhere near her...

I think I might be going a little overboard with the static paranoia but I don't wanna lose any components to a shortout... I also can't afford to replace any parts right now... or for a the next few months...
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post #2 of 52
Once i got a small shock when i tried to pet a cat, so its better to be safe than sorry, try keeping BOTH cats out or cover the case with plastic sheets while also not blocking the airflow.
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post #3 of 52
Static, I don't have cats. esd film is cheap if you want to go that route or just put the computer up in a higher spot where the cat can not touch it. 20,000 volts can jump a 4th of an inch. so yes if its a metal case it can happen.
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Static electricity. Keep them cats away from your rig. Electrostatic discharge can kill your computer.
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Yeah, it's definitely static. When I was in Rome in october I told everyone in the house to not let the cat sit on my PC (he loves to do it). Yet, when I get home I hear that he's been sitting there the whole week while I was in Rome. My case is also very open with holes everywhere, I was afraid some hair would slip trough and kill the computer. It survived though, but keep your cat away from your computer.
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Maybe bad PSU can't discharge the electricity from your case via grounding to outlet(which must be a grounded outlet). Does your PSU have a grounding wire which just attaches to anywhere on CASE or Motherboard screws ? Usually its PSU case touching Computer Case but some PSUs have a discrete cable to attach to Mobo screws(which you secure on mobo standoffs)

There's also the possibility for Reset button cables/mechanism of the Case touching case metal somewhere so it just causing short circuit when static electric applied to the metal.
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post #7 of 52
Your computer is not properly grounded, it seems.
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Static as everyone said.
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Great way to prove to your friend for 10 bucks that your cat is haunted.
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post #10 of 52
Unless the cat is inside your computer, you have a short somewhere.
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