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Shut down a DELL with a text message

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Interesting, if you have a DELL Optiplex GX520 and put a cell phone near the CDROM drive as you receive a SMS/TXT (or perhaps a call) – it will shut down the computer – “The bug appears when you put your mobile phone close to the cd-rom unit of the dell and then recieve a sms/txt. What happends is it goes into some sort of suspension mode from which you can’t bring it back without breaking power or holding down the power button for four seconds.” [via] – Link.

Usually you can hear clicking and noise through some computer speakers when a phone is getting a signal, or right before it rings – so the DELL might just be triggering a fault and shutting down or something. Cool way to do a remote shutdown :)

10 thoughts on “Shut down a DELL with a text message

  1. Sounds like they made a circuit path somewhere on the CD drive or sound board just the right length for a cell antenna (800/1900mhz-ish).

    It’s even funnier with some CRTs, you can tell when you are about to get a cell call because the screen gets gaussed in the corner, almost like when you degauss

  2. My ipod’s volume gets jacked either way up and or way down when my cell rings and the two are close to each other, usually when their hanging out in my pocket. It’s a nokia 3300 and an ipod w/ video

  3. I used to have a wireless doorbell that would ring when I hit the return key on my PC. The computer was about 30′ away from the door.

  4. I used to have a wireless doorbell that would ring when I hit the return key on my PC. The computer was about 30′ away from the door.

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