Shut-down issues

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  1. milz_long

    milz_long New Member

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    I have an old ibm machine at home and it has like a 6.4Gig HD on it and it originally came with windows 98 on it. I wiped the hard drive and installed windows xp on it but now it will not shut-down properly. It acts like it's gonna shut-down properly and then a screen comes up saying that it is now safe to turn your computer off and then I have to flip the switch on the back of the PSU. Is there any way of fixing this? The computer came with one of those IBM Aptiva recovery disks which has the windows 98 on it so maybe i cannot install anything higher then 98 on it?
     
  2. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    This will be time consuming, but it should tell you where the problem lies.

    Go into Start > run > msconfig, and press okay.

    Now select the general tab, put a check in the "selective startup" button,
    and unselect "load startup items".

    Click ok, exit out and do a reboot.

    Once its back up and running, try shutting it down to see if that worked.

    If it did, then it's one of your startup applications. So what you will want to
    do is open up msconfig again.

    On the general tab make sure you have "normal startup"selected.

    Then on the startup tab, press the "disable all" button to clear all the boxes.

    Then one by one, you will turn one application back on, and try a shut down until you find the application that is causing the problem.

    When you do, you will have to decide if you still want to disable the startup of that app, or just remove it altogether.

    If that doesn't solve the problem, then what you want to do is go to safe mode.

    Turn your computer on, and press f8 while it's booting up.

    Once you're in safe mode, try to shut down your computer.

    If it shuts down properly, then it's most likely a driver issue.

    Windows XP is very finicky about the hardware it will work with.

    Try the manufacturers web site for all of your hardware to see if they have
    XP drivers.

    You can also go to device manager, to see if it maybe tells you anything.

    Start > control panel > System > hardware tab > device manager >
    Now look and see if you have any yellow question marks in there.

    You can also click on the driver tab for each hardware piece and see if it shows the driver as being a Microsoft signed driver.
     
  3. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    It's probably the specific ACPI driver. If you load on your motherboard drivers, it should fix the problem. The above solution would only apply if you didn't get that screen that says it's safe to turn off.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Isn't that a part of Windows? :dunno:
     
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    There should be an "Enable ACPI" check box that's in Control Panel -> Power Options. It should be in the advanced tab. Make sure it's checked and try again.

    If the message says it is now safe to turn your computer off, it don't think it's a software problem.
     
  6. milz_long

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    I haven't installed any new application since the fresh install on Windows XP except for 2 or 3 little games. The only discs that came with the computer is the IBM Aptiva recovery disc which I had to use before when I wanted to reinstall Windows 98 and another disc which has Corel Smart Suite on it I think. So would the drivers for the mobo be on the recovery disk or should I try to get the name and model of the mobo and search for it on the internet??
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    That's what I would do. Windows wants to turn it off, it just doesn't know how without the driver.
     
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    DaIceMan Jack Bauer > *.*

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    Google "windows 98 shutdown fix". I use to have the file, but I'm sure it's on one of my 98 machines that aren't currently hooked up. Common problem. Run the "fix" file and all should be fine.
     
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    I found the answer to my problem using this site. It was actually something in the power management tab under control panel. I just had to change a setting and it is fine now. Thanks for all your help people. :wiggle:
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Let me guess... the setting in power schemes got switched to "always on"?
     

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