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NE Iowa couple's computer mystery stumps experts (weird)
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | May 16, 2009 | Erik Hogstrom

Posted on 05/16/2009 12:29:26 PM PDT by xjcsa

Edited on 05/16/2009 12:41:19 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

ASBURY (AP) — Mary LaMour can't understand why her computer works at other people's homes, and outside, but not inside her house.

Neither can a computer technician.

"It's uncanny," said Chuck Freisinger, of Phoenix Computer Services in Dubuque. "My other technician and I looked at that situation. When it's in their house, it doesn't work. When it's outside, it works fine. She took it to a friend's house and it worked fine."


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TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Conspiracy; Humor; UFO's; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: apple; bestcomputer; computers; getamac; macintosh; spamiswindows
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1 posted on 05/16/2009 12:29:26 PM PDT by xjcsa
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To: ShadowAce

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2 posted on 05/16/2009 12:31:33 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Not a weird computer story ping!


3 posted on 05/16/2009 12:33:14 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: xjcsa

Is the laptop sensing some bluetooth-enabled device in the house? Is it suddenly coming in range of some other wireless router?


4 posted on 05/16/2009 12:34:22 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money -- Thatcher)
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To: xjcsa

You have now entered the computer free zone! Sorry If you need to use the computer and it is raining outside.


5 posted on 05/16/2009 12:35:18 PM PDT by handy old one (It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. Aristotle)
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To: xjcsa

weird... maybe the computer is possessed? Good horror movie idea either way.


6 posted on 05/16/2009 12:35:35 PM PDT by Toki
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To: xjcsa

“I was asked if I had a plate in my head — I said ‘No, do you?’”
****Well, duhh... she needs a tinfoil hat.


7 posted on 05/16/2009 12:39:39 PM PDT by Kevmo ( It's all over for this Country as a Constitutional Republic. ~Leo Donofrio, 12/14/08)
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To: xjcsa

All this post 1950 stuff is weird!

Once we let them get by with doing away w/plain old on/off buttons, and that 50-cent 1963 mandatory PCV valve on our cars they knew they had us by the sack!

“A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” ~John Adams”


8 posted on 05/16/2009 12:39:42 PM PDT by gunnyg
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To: Toki

“I finally accepted the blue screen and then one morning it went on by itself and the error message read, ‘It’s time we had a little talk.’ “


9 posted on 05/16/2009 12:42:17 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (It's all resistance...and it's all good.)
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To: PapaBear3625

That’s what I’m thinking - but figure the PC doctor would figure that out. Unless it is something hidden. How about a hidden camera in the bedroom that the former home owner uses to “watch” the new couple?


10 posted on 05/16/2009 12:42:42 PM PDT by 21twelve (Drive Reality out with a pitchfork if you want , it always comes back.)
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To: PapaBear3625
One possible explanation if it IS electro-magnetic related;

Earth has a magnetic field. A big one. Magnetic lines of flux enter and exit the planet's crust at many points on the surface. Their house may just reside on one such point.

11 posted on 05/16/2009 12:44:08 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (I'd rather be hated for who I am than loved for something I ain't.)
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To: xjcsa

I wonder if they’ve tried running another computer. That would narrow down whether it was that particular pc or the location that was the problem


12 posted on 05/16/2009 12:45:15 PM PDT by nycgal
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To: xjcsa

The house is on top of one of gaia’s earth grid points. She is p*ssed.

http://www.crystalinks.com/grids.html


13 posted on 05/16/2009 12:45:50 PM PDT by listenhillary (Rahm Emmanuel slip - A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.)
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To: Kevmo

““I was asked if I had a plate in my head — I said ‘No, do you?’”
****Well, duhh... she needs a tinfoil hat.”
*******
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Reminds when George Wallace ran for president way back—the msm (called controlled media in those days) reported that George had left the Army Air Corps with a 10% mental disability due to wartime service.

The media immediately reported that he was 10% mental; to which George responded that at least he, unlike the other candidates, was certified 90% sane.

Good point.


14 posted on 05/16/2009 12:45:53 PM PDT by gunnyg
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To: xjcsa
"I was just getting used to keeping it in the sun room, and then one morning I heard a childish voice saying, 'Mommy....Mommy...? where am I?' "
15 posted on 05/16/2009 12:47:11 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (It's all resistance...and it's all good.)
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To: xjcsa

This is the house where the Amityville Horror film was shot in Toms River NJ. Does the couples house in this report have a similar "look or feel"?

There are many ghost stories that originate on the Jersey Shore!

16 posted on 05/16/2009 12:48:26 PM PDT by Young Werther (Julius Caesar (Quae Cum Ita Sunt. Since these things are so.))
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To: xjcsa
"It's uncanny," said Chuck Freisinger, of Phoenix Computer Services in Dubuque. "My other technician and I looked at that situation. When it's in their house, it doesn't work. When it's outside, it works fine. She took it to a friend's house and it worked fine."

Sounds like an electrical wiring problem to me. One of my friend's neighbors had a similar problem. Their laptop AND desktop computers would work in some parts of the home but not others. Needless to say, after an electrician found and fixed the wiring problem their computers worked just fine anywhere in the home.

17 posted on 05/16/2009 12:48:55 PM PDT by Kitsunebi
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To: xjcsa

It’s simple... the computer needs a tinfoil hat. It’s gotta be electric interference.


18 posted on 05/16/2009 12:49:13 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Kitsunebi

I would agree with your idea. It has to be either a magnetic field or microwave interference. Either way it needs to be fixed.


19 posted on 05/16/2009 12:53:21 PM PDT by oldenuff2no (I'm a VET and damn proud of it!!! I did not fight for a socialist America!!!!!!!)
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To: Brilliant
It’s simple... the computer needs a tinfoil hat.

Uhhh.... How would the wireless work then?

20 posted on 05/16/2009 12:54:08 PM PDT by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: xjcsa
The story that I read did not say if another PC exhibits the same symptoms, but I would suspect it is a combination of the PC settings and outside interference. Do they have cordless phones running 5.8Ghz? Try changing the "channel" on which they run, or try changing the PC's "channel" to the router. Does the PC run ad hoc (bad) or is it set to infrastructure (more secure). My guess is ad hoc for Wi-Fi.

It could also be that their home is right between two MAN connection cell towers. They should try another PC.

21 posted on 05/16/2009 12:54:24 PM PDT by jeffc (They're coming to take me away! Ha-ha, hey-hey, ho-ho!)
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To: raybbr

I guess the transmitter will have to be under the tinfoil too.


22 posted on 05/16/2009 12:59:10 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: xjcsa

Who ya gonna call? The ghostbusters from TAPS who can scout out any ghosts, point an EMF device around, and fix any plumbing problems all in one visit.


23 posted on 05/16/2009 1:04:53 PM PDT by bgill (The evidence simply does not support the official position of the Obama administration)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I was thinking along those lines.


24 posted on 05/16/2009 1:06:38 PM PDT by Perdogg (0bama - America's Elegabalus and Commodus combined)
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To: xjcsa

Former NSA safe house?


25 posted on 05/16/2009 1:11:57 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

Hah, time dilation field offsetting grid.
It only works in the sunroom because of the ZPM under the floor.


26 posted on 05/16/2009 1:14:48 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: jeffc

“They should try another PC. “

They should get a Mac!


27 posted on 05/16/2009 1:17:54 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: xjcsa

I had a client who’s computer would not work in one room of his apartment but would work everywhere else. After doing some investigation, I found that the apartment complex’s electric panel with meters for about 200 apartments was just on the other side of that room’s wall.


28 posted on 05/16/2009 1:34:42 PM PDT by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

LOL!!!


29 posted on 05/16/2009 1:42:59 PM PDT by Toki
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To: listenhillary
{From the article} They soon learned there was only one spot in the house the laptop would work. "There is one place in the sun room," Mary LaMour said, "but you had to be on your hands and knees."

There's the place to worship Gaia...

30 posted on 05/16/2009 1:50:25 PM PDT by mikrofon (Mother Erf)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

“They should get a Mac!”

Mac’s are unhealthy - especially the Big Mac!


31 posted on 05/16/2009 1:59:50 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea
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To: xjcsa
Give me a break it a RF source ...since it a laptop on battery.. kill the main power to the house for a test
32 posted on 05/16/2009 2:20:46 PM PDT by tophat9000 ( We are "O" so f---ed)
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To: xjcsa
will any other machines work there???
33 posted on 05/16/2009 2:46:25 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - Obama is basically Jim Jones with a teleprompter)
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To: Perdogg
There is visible evidence for such a phenomenon on a MUCH grander scale.

Look to Sol. Sunspots are a symptom/effect of just such a thing. These spots are exactly where magnetic field lines intersect the surface of that body. Why should it not be thus for our home?

34 posted on 05/16/2009 2:57:35 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (I'd rather be hated for who I am than loved for something I ain't.)
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To: bgill
Who ya gonna call? The ghostbusters from TAPS who can scout out any ghosts, point an EMF device around, bore you to death, and fix any plumbing problems all in one visit.
35 posted on 05/16/2009 6:03:02 PM PDT by Tolkien (Grace is the Essence of the Gospel; Gratitude is the Essence of Ethics.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Earth has a magnetic field. A big one. Magnetic lines of flux enter and exit the planet's crust at many points on the surface. Their house may just reside on one such point.

Magnetic lines of flux only enter and exit the planet's crust at the points of weakness where lines of longitude and latitude intersect.

36 posted on 05/16/2009 7:02:45 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Obama in Office for 100 days: Wall Street panics.)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...

Ooo-weeeeee-ooo...

Teens panic as they’re forced to unplug at camp
AP/reporternews.com | Friday, May 15, 2009 | Megan K. Scott
Posted on 05/16/2009 7:09:29 PM PDT by martin_fierro
Edited on 05/16/2009 7:11:58 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2252481/posts


37 posted on 05/16/2009 7:32:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SunkenCiv
"A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer. IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL. Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed."

That's an error message from a buggy driver. The fact that she doesn't plug in anything proves it's a wireless problem. There is an errand wireless device inside the house that is crashing the Windows driver. It could be wifi or Bluetooth.

38 posted on 05/16/2009 10:18:56 PM PDT by FrogBurger (Always compare news articles from different sources. When they fully agree, you can be sure it's BS.)
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To: Grizzled Bear; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
Computer Voodoo

39 posted on 05/17/2009 12:05:26 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Israel is built on rock. Arabia is built on sand.)
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To: xjcsa

This is stupid. It is a faulty wireless card, or interference from other wireless transmissions trying to ad-hoc to the wireless card. Disable wireless and it will fire right up.


40 posted on 05/17/2009 12:17:59 AM PDT by roamer_1 (It takes a (Kenyan) village to raise an idiot.)
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To: xjcsa; ShadowAce; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Slings and Arrows
LaMour proved it recently. Standing on her front step, she started her Dell laptop and the computer operated normally.
Carrying the computer back across the front door threshold, an ominous blue screen replaces the desktop.


41 posted on 05/17/2009 4:01:02 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Slings and Arrows; xjcsa

I just want to take this moment to say: NOT MY FAULT.


42 posted on 05/17/2009 6:49:16 AM PDT by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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To: gunnyg
All this post 1950 stuff is weird!

Once we let them get by with doing away w/plain old on/off buttons, and that 50-cent 1963 mandatory PCV valve on our cars they knew they had us by the sack!

“A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” ~John Adams”

Vacuum tubes, too. Notice you can't find a tube tester anywhere?

43 posted on 05/17/2009 8:04:20 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Oztrich Boy
Magnetic lines of flux only enter and exit the planet's crust at the points of weakness where lines of longitude and latitude intersect.

Are you certain? For if this is correct, I find it wildly odd that the lines of flux of Earth's magnetic field, created by the hand of G-d, would intersect perfectly with a man made device such as lines of longitude and latitude. Don't you?

44 posted on 05/17/2009 8:12:11 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just and that His justice cannot sleep forever.)
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To: xjcsa

House is wired/cabled all wrong, allowing harmonics to screw up the signals. There’s a reason electrical and cat 5 cables should be separated from each other.


45 posted on 05/17/2009 8:14:31 AM PDT by rintense (Senior Marketing / IT / UX architect unemployed and looking for work. Freepmail me if you have leads)
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To: rintense
There’s a reason electrical and cat 5 cables should be separated from each other.

My 5 cats won't lift a finger to keep the cables separated.

46 posted on 05/17/2009 8:18:21 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: xjcsa
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47 posted on 05/17/2009 8:54:53 AM PDT by whodathunkit (Shrugging as I leave for the Gulch)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Someone suggested the LaMours encase their laptop in a combination of cardboard and aluminum foil to mitigate any possible electromagnetic effects.

"It worked for a minute," Dick LaMour said, "then it shut down again."

Well, that blows the tinfoil hat theory out of the water.

Oh, wait! As I keep telling everyone, ALUMINUM foil is not TIN foil.

Why do you think they quit using tin foil for toothpaste tubes, gum wrappers, and other common sources decades ago, and substituted aluminum foils or plastic wraps instead?

48 posted on 05/17/2009 9:35:50 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (We have nothing to fear, except our fearful government itself.)
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To: Chode
will any other machines work there???

My toaster tried to ask their refrigerator, but it wouldn't give a straight answer. Just kept giggling, and mumbling something about the garbage disposal.

49 posted on 05/17/2009 9:49:09 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (We have nothing to fear, except our fearful government itself.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; xjcsa

Similar problem. Wireless security cameras, set up in the signal path and you can’t log on.


50 posted on 05/17/2009 11:17:48 AM PDT by Lady Jag (Communism + Hezbollah + Al Qaeda + Obama + StoneAge = CHAOS)
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