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15 August 2011 @ 09:09 pm
Eeeeeeeenteresting  
I really like my new keyboard. I do wonder why it has a "fuck up your computer" button though.

Upon close examination the F12 key has a power symbol and the letters "PC" in the yellow "function" text. However it's right next to the F11 key (duh) with the "volume up" alternate function key.

I had never noticed that before, so when i tried to hit FN-F11 to turn the volume up a little earlier and apparently missed i was very surprised when my monitor went black.

After a second or so of confusion i tried powering my monitor on and off, but it just said "no signal." Upon peering a little closer at my keyboard and seeing the power symbol i figured i'd either turned off my computer or put it into sleep mode. So i tried wiggling the mouse. No effect. Then FN-F11 again. No effect. Ctrl-Alt-Del. No effect. Several other key combinations. No effect.

So at that point i figured i'd managed to turn it off. So i pressed the power button. No effect. Then i pressed the other power button (no, i don't know why my computer seems to have two power buttons.) No effect. At this point i noticed there was a light on the front of the computer that was coming on for about a second every couple of seconds, along with a slight whirring noise. I was a little worried at this point, so i tried holding down the power button to reset it. No effect. Holding down the other power button. No effect.

At this point i wasn't sure if i should be worried or amused. So i tired turning off the power strip and waiting five or ten seconds before turning it back on. The power buttons _still_ didn't work and the (slowly) flashing light and whirring was _still_ going on. So finally i yanked the power cable out of the back of the computer and waited for 20-30 seconds before plugging it back in.

FINALLY! I pressed the power button and the regular boot up noises started and the monitor came on! After waiting a bit for that to finish i found that my previous session was still going!

So i've got a button that apparently puts my computer in magic coma mode that's impossible to wake up out of without unplugging the whole thing =P
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jon_leonardjon_leonard on August 16th, 2011 05:36 am (UTC)
Mine seem to as well, at least for the Fn-F12 being suspend-to-disk. (At least, I assume that's what the glyph means: It has a rectangle with two lines (screen), a triangle, and a cylinder.

I'd expect Fn-F4 or Fn-F12 or some such to wake it up, though it might well take some time for the suspend-to-disk to finish.

That is, assuming all the pieces of the system work together in this task: On my computers it's more or less guaranteed not to work.

At least my volume-control buttons are a little farther away from F12 than that.