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XP - It is now safe to turn off your life support
When I ran 2000 ME, the computer turned off automatically,
now in XP it just sits there so I have to sit there holding in the power button for a WHOLE 5 seconds.
if you tap the button it should start shutting down, if it doesnt you may need some motherboard drivers installing!
a computer shut down just saves all your work before closing...
The problem you are encountering is probably due to some wierd hardware or software clash.
It may require a format to solve, but it is save to just live with it as a computer shut down just saves all your work before closing...
You need to turn on APM (Advanced Power Management). It may be in the "Power Options" of your Control Panel or it may be in the BIOS.
you need to grab your motherboard's latest drivers (sometimes helps) or see if ACPI or APM are disabled (ACPI is the latest technology)
it's most likely windows isn't detecting your motherboard correctly, so it wont 'risk' anything by trying ACPI features.
Mine used to do this, and wouldn't restart either, it ended up being a faulty motherboard, so you might wanna have a look at it