My Windows XP will not shutdown!

Microsoft Windows xp home edition with s...
July 15, 2010 at 11:10:32
Specs: Windows XP
It hasn't been shutting down properly for almost a week, I have also never had this problem before. If I click shutdown, restart etc normally nothing will happen. I used to be able to just push the button for it to be turned off but now I have to hold it for about 3 seconds.
10 points for whoever can solve.


Hewlett-Packard Company
Compaq Presario
AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor
2.41 GHz, 384 MB of RAM
Physical Address Extension

A picture of my computer tower:

And I have ran virus scans, nothing came up. I ran it with AVG 9.0.

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July 15, 2010 at 12:05:37
Go to the command prompt and type...

shutdown /s

and tell us if you get any errors.

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July 15, 2010 at 12:11:07
If the main chipset drivers have not been installed, Windows may not have the proper information about how your particular mboard supports ACPI features (Standby, Hibernate, etc.). Sometimes Restart or Shut down / Turn off also doesn't work properly if they haven't been installed .

Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.

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