So, why the panic?
We should all remember the power supply issues from a week and change ago, if we've been paying attention. Today, the lights flickered ever so briefly, and because my UPS is bailing on me (Still bouncing emails back and forth with APC to see if it's battery or the whole unit), so the computer shuts down. Booo.
Boot up the computer, and it freezes before getting to the Windows XP loading screen. Oh no, not again. *glances at the old paperweight from two years ago*
Reset, same thing. A few goes, same deal. Reboot again, and go into the BIOS, it reboots on its own O.o and makes it a little further this time. I reboot again, and finally get into Windows. I had some other things to do requiring the computer to be off, so once I was sure it was ok, I shut things down again, run some tests on the UPS (Not looking good there, by the way), and start the computer back up, and have an almost identical situation as before, eventually getting back into Windows, and here I am.
I am *praying* this is all linked to the battery back up dying, like the computer isn't getting enough power and just horfing randomly on bootup. Otherwise...fuck, I have to try and deal with Alienware's customer support to fix my computer, which I've heard nothing but nightmare stories. And this is a brand new issue, I have had zero problems with this machine, even on powering down as recently as a week ago.
*pokes his chest* You can come back down to reasonable beating speeds, mister...
Suspecting his house's wiring is seriously fucked up if it ain't the UPS. It eats electronics.