March 17, 2006
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Computers can be a lot like children: sometimes they know more than you do, they need to be protected from viruses, and you can't always make them go to sleep. That's the problem Scott is having with his computer. And his question might have a quick and easy solution. Our winning answer by Chris offers a few possibilities for changing a system's shutdown procedures that take only a few minutes to try out. If that doesn't do the trick, check out the solutions offered in our honorable mentions and other suggestions sections. As with last week's answers, please don't change your BIOS or registry settings unless you know how to do it safely!
And speaking of BIOS, some of you weren't too keen on last week's poll, so I asked for suggestions to put in this week's newsletter. Our moderator John Wilkinson suggested a poll about digital rights management, which you'll see below. Let us know your thoughts on digital media, consumer rights, and piracy. Thanks to John and everyone else for your contributions. Enjoy your weekend!
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Hello. When I try to shut down or restart my desktop via the standard buttons on the start menu, my computer goes through what appears like the normal shutdown or restart routine, but it never actually powers off or restarts. The screen goes dark and then the monitor even goes into power-save mode since it's getting no signal from the computer, but the computer fans, lights, everything else remain on. I have to hold down the power button to turn it off or hit the reset button to restart. What is causing this and how can I fix it? I'm using Windows MCE. Thanks.
This is quite a simple solution. The behavior of your power button is controlled by a setting in the Control Panel power configuration. Simply navigate to the Control Panel through Start/Settings/Control Panel, then click the Power Configuration button. Click the tab labeled Advanced and go to the drop-down menu, where it says...
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