stand by no longer shuts down disk

May 9, 2011 at 17:04:30
Specs: Windows XP, 4 gig
When I use the sleep button on my keyboard - which used to initiate stand by - it turns off the screen but no longer shuts down my disk drive. Selecting Stand By from the menu does not work either. Could this be a BIOS setting that has changed? Any help appreciated.

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May 11, 2011 at 14:00:14
Difficult to say.

It may be that power settings in windows has changed or that a bios entry has changed how xp was installed and what "states" are available. I have found that in more cases than not, some program is messing up your sleep.

I generally return to OEM by following the owners manual and that sort of feature works again. i wouldn't do that just for this issue.

You may be able to press the shift key when trying to power off. It may offer that choice.

Look at power management in control panel.

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May 11, 2011 at 15:51:10
Thanks Jefro. I agree it's not worth the trouble of reverting to OEM for this. I'll try the shift key approach. In the meanwhile, I've found Hibernate still works. A lot slower, but better than a full restart every time.

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