Hello.... This seemed very strange and I have never had this happen before. I was on the computer last night and the power went out in all 4 rooms in this half of the house. Nothing worked at all. The kitchen and the laundry room are at the back of the house, and some of the power stayed on there. The lights were on in those two rooms and on the porch outside, but none of the appliances or the cordless phone worked. The nightlight in the kitchen worked, but not the nightlight in the laundry room. The front part of the house where the power went out is older ( at least 60 or 70 years old? ) than the back ( which isn't very new ). I know the wiring is old. There is a breaker in the basement, and also a fuse box. We re-set the breaker and checked all the fuses, but that didn't seem to help . We unplugged the power bar where the TV, DVD player, VCR, digital cable box, stereo , and speakers are plugged in, and as soon as we did that, the power came back on. Could that have something to do with it? Also, a few minutes before the power came on , the light bulbs in the section that was off were VERY faintly lit, where you could just see the wires inside lit up a tiny bit. What would that mean? Also, the cordless phones were beeping on and off. One other thing I noticed right before the power went off was that the halogen floor lamp in my computer room made a funny noise , like a crackling sound , and it got dim for a second. I've noticed it doing that for the past couple of weeks. Could it have caused the power to go out? I had nothing major running ( dryer, etc ).... just the TV , computer , and a few lights. I live in Canada if you need to know that . Any help would be appreciated ...thanks!