Question about Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
MY COMPUTER SHUTS DOWN BUT LIGHT ON TOWER IS ON AND MONITOR LIGHT ON, FAN GOES OFF. I HAVE TO TURN POWER BAR OFF AND ON. SOMETIMES IT STAYS ON SOMETIMES NOT IN THE LAST 2 DAYS ABOUT 4 TIMES PER DAY.
WINDOWS XP 2003 HOME EDITION, SAMSUNG SYNCMASTER 955DF MONITOR
NEED HELP DESPARATELY
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Please do the following steps:
Step – 1
Right-click on My Computer, open Properties, click the Advanced tab. Under “Startup & Recovery,” click Settings. Under “System Failure,” Uncheck the box in front of “Automatically restart.”
Step - 2
To change the setting, click Start --> Run--> type GPEDIT.MSC, click OK.
Drill down to Computer Configuration | Windows Settings | Security Settings | Local Policies | Security Options.
In the right pane, find “Shutdown: Clear Virtual Memory Pagefile.”
NOTE: Since someone actually has to have set this policy, the problem will be pretty rare, but is worth mentioning. However, Forum participant “roadrunner” reported that the personal security app Privacy Eraser automatically enables “Clear virtual memory pagefile,” and, therefore, may be the cause of a slow shutdown.
Step - 3
When Windows XP won’t powerdown automatically, the APM/NT Legacy Power Node may not be enabled. To enable this, right-click on the My Computer icon, click Properties | Hardware | Device Manager | View. Check the box labeled “Show Hidden Devices.” If it’s available on your computer, there will be a red X on the APM/NT Legacy Node. Try enabling it and see if this resolves the powerdown problem (Tip from Terri Stratton). Or, to check the other side of the APM/ACPI coin, open the Power Options applet in Control Panel. If there is an APM tab, make sure the “Enable Advanced Power Management Support” box is checked.
Step - 4
Try a Shutdown shortcut -
For a shortcut to RESTART Windows XP:
SHUTDOWN -r -t 01
For a shortcut to SHUT DOWN Windows XP:
SHUTDOWN -s -t 01
WORK-AROUND: Disable power management for your USB hub: Open Device Manager (click Start, click Run, type DEVMGMT.MSC, click OK). Double-click to expand Universal Serial Bus Controllers. Double-click USB Root Hub. Click Power Management. Uncheck the box “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.” OK your way out
Step – 6
Click on the Start button.
Select Run from the menu.
In the run dialog box type “msconfig”.
Once in the msconfig utility select the startup tab. In the startup tab you will see several programs listed with a checkbox beside it. If there is a check mark beside the application listed, the application will startup when your computer starts up.
Posted on Sep 13, 2008
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