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Re: Systemax laptop not shutting completely down
Try this ;
Buried deep inside Windows XP lurks a little-known program called
shutdown that shuts down your system in a very fast � but orderly �
way. Here's how to put an icon on your desktop that'll shut down your
1. Right-click any empty location on your desktop.
2. Click New, Shortcut.
The Create Shortcut Wizard appears.
3. In the Type the Location of the Item box, type shutdown -s -t 0.
It's important that you put spaces before each hyphen, that you have no
spaces after each hyphen, and that you use a zero at the end.
4. Click Next. 5. In the Type a Name for This Shortcut box, use a name
that will remind you that this button is for a very quick shut down.
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The motherboard seems OK as it is displaying signs of life. The Monitor should display something before booting up, which it is not.Please do the following.
1. Remove the RAM and reinsert the DIMMs into their sockets and boot up.
2. Disconnect the HDD data cable from the HDD and the motherboard and reconnect. Boot up.
3. Disconnect the monitor and reconnect. Boot up.
At boot up press F2 and set the PC to default settings. Boot up. Later when you want to apply your settings, keep noting down what you did when. Just in case.
Try booting up the computer pressing whatever key the Dell needs to boot into BIOS (F10, Delete key, F1...pay attention to the screen) and leave the computer on for about 15min. See if it cuts off then. If it does its more than likely your power supply. If it doesn't then its not hardware related.
Hi there. Remove all power to the desktop, remove the side panel, power the machine up and check that CPU fan is working, if it is turn the computer back off, get a clean, dry paintbrush and gently clean the fan blades and the metal heat sync behind the fan of dust, then restart the PC to see how long it stays on for. If this time it stays on it was overheating.
Is it possible that you have changed the settings of what buttons do what on your system? E.g. you could have changed the power button to "switch user" instead of "shut down", to check this (in XP) go to "Power Options" (in Control Panel" and then click on the "Advanced tab" at the top, then select "Shut down" from the drop down menu at the bottom of the window.
If this is already set to shut down then maybe you could do a system restore in case another setting has been changed, restore it to before the PC started doing this.
Alternatively try actually choosing "Turn off Computer" from the Log On screen (press Ctrl + L to get to this screen, or choose switch user/log off). If you are using Vista I beleive that there is a shut-down option from the Log In Page there (which again you can access by pressing Ctrl + L on the keyboard.
Check the CPU fan it may not be spinning at the full speed or not turning at all. Check that there is not cable that is obstructing the fan blades. When the CPU over heats the machine will shutdown to save it from any damage. Then other thing to check is the power switch make sure that it is not sticky or stuck in. It also could be a memory issue but normally there will be a blue screen fault and audio beeps when you first switch on.