PEBKAC -- but VERY close to the keyboard

User's brand-new laptop keeps going into standby mode at random, reports a pilot fish on the scene.

Local techs try replacing parts, updating the BIOS and everything else they can think of trying -- but nothing improves the situation.

Then someone thinks to watch the user as she works -- and observes that every time the user moves her left hand past the corner of the laptop, the laptop drops into standby mode.

And the user wears a magnetic bracelet on her left hand.

"This observation was escalated to the vendor, who confirmed that there is a magnetic switch on the display cover and the palm-rest area, used to make the system go into standby automatically when the laptop is closed," says fish.

"It seems that if any item with a magnetic field is placed close enough to that sensor on the left corner of the palm rest, it will trigger the switch and make the system auto standby.

"The only option to resolve it was to request the user not to wear the magnetic bracelet while working on her laptop."

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