How did my alarm code change when I never touched it?
(not a computer but it does have a digitally stored program, and solid state memory for the settings, less than 1000 bytes, I think.)
About 9 years ago I started to install a burglar alarm, but I didn't finish before I had to leave on my trip.
After I got home, I didn't care anymore.
I'm leaving on another trip soon and I started in on the alarm agailn.
Even thogh the trouble light is lit, It didn't need much to hook it up, but I couldn't arm it. Pressing the default arm code just let to a longer error-beep.
Eventually did a reset, what they call a Factory Default Main Panel.
Now the default arm code works.
I'm sure I never changed the code. My previous alarm worked for 15 years or more and I used the default code all that time, never considered chaning it**, and I was still trying to get the thing to work. Another reason not to change it.
So can things like this get messed up just be sitting around?. In my basement with cinder block walls. The only source of radiation is the30 y.o. oil furnace. That coudln't do it. A small tv in the room too. There's a microwave upstairs.
**There are occasional burglaries around here, but none of these people know what the default alarm code is for anything. It's not like I live on the same street as the Vanderbilts or Morrgans.
BTW, it's funny. I wanted to see if the siren worked but the code didnt' work to arm the alarm. The third time I tried, I noticed the Away button. This contol panel doesn't require a code when leaving because they figure if you got in, you're trustworthy. So I armed it. Then I opened the door until the siren went off. Then I rmemebered I had no code to disarm it!!. I tried the code several times, again, but it didnt' work. I unplugged the thing, but when I plugged it in again, it armed itself. Of course. Otherwise, power failures when the battery is dead would disarm alarms. So I was trapped in the house. Eventually I disconnected the control panel from the siren driver, so it didn't make any noise the next time.