When I go to shut my computer down for the evening using the start button at the bottom the monitor doesn't turn off. It just flashes different colors. I am running windows xp. It worked for better than a year and then all of a sudden it just stopped working properly. Please help.
Do you mean the computer is sutting down but on the monitor showes different colors if so you might have a problem in the system you might have to reinstall you OS if the computer does shut down but the monitor stays on and flashes different colors you have to shut the monitor down manually with the power button on the monitor.
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This may seem like a simple tip, it is, however it can cause many unneeded problems to your computer if you do not shut it down properly. Do Not shut down your computer by pressing the power button. Whether you have a PC or a laptop, don't use the button. When you go to shut your computer down go to start and shut down and it will shut off. If you do not do this correctly it doesn;t give your computer the proper amount of time to shut down, you can corrupt your Windows files and eventually have problems even booting your computer up. Simple solution that will avoid future problems! Hope this helps!
have you tried to hold the power button down for 5 seconds? if that doesn't work, it's possible that when you click the shut down the last option used was the hibernate option. when you click the orb click the arrow pointing to the right next to the power indicator and make sure it's set to shut down and not hibernate
Shut down by holding in Power button for 5 secs... press F8 continuously on start up, go into Safe Mode with Networking.. have a look around at some of the Devices in Device Manager, check Drivers, also default to normal mode in Bios/Uefi
If you are turning off your computer by pressing the front panel power button, it is probably just putting Windows to sleep but not shutting the computer off. If your computer has Windows Vista, the default is to hibernate and not shut down even if you shut down through Vista. The "power save" message you see is coming from the monitor, which is letting you know it isn't getting a signal from the computer anymore but the power is still on. Windows will start up again from sleep mode if someone or something moves the mouse or presses a key.
The solution is to make sure the computer is actually shut down. In Vista you can do this by clicking the arrow near the power icon on the Start menu. This gives you the option of shutting down instead of hibernating. In XP, shut the computer down using the start menu shutdown option instead of the computer power button. Then the power will shut down completely.
To get the computer back up again and out of hibernation you should just hold the power button down until it shuts off completely. Some laptops won’t shut off even if you do this. When this happens you have to take the battery out to get it to turn off. Make sure it is not plugged into the wall when you do this otherwise it wont work.
Also the following may be of interest. You must be logged on as an administrator or member of either the Administrators or Power Users group in order to successfully complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, the forced network policy settings may prevent you from completing this procedure. In this case please consult your Network Administrator.
Click Start, then Control Panel, and then double-click Power Options.
Click the Hibernate tab, and then select the Enable hibernate support check box. If the Hibernate tab is not available, your computer does not support this feature.
Click OK to close the Power Options dialog box.
Click Start, and then click Shut Down then select Hibernate. If you are using Windows XP Home Edition, or Windows XP Professional with Fast User Switching turned on, the Shut Down menu will present the options to Stand By, Turn Off, or Restart your computer. Hold down the Shift key, and the Stand By button will change to Hibernate.
Sounds like the power button on your monitor is not on, is the light on the monitor yellow and dim or bright when you start the computer? Make sure the monitor is on. If you hold the power switch in for about 10 seconds the power will turn off. But that is not the recommended way to shut your computer down. Use your start button and log off or close that way. Good Luck.