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By Digital_DNA ·
I have a computer that used to power down automatically when I went to start/shutdown comtpuer. Now the computer just displays the "Its now safe to shutdown your computer". The only problem with this is that, in order to turn the computer off, I have to hold the power button in for ten seconds.

My question is, is this feature handled by the chipset driver, or is there other software that handles the power off feature? If so, what part of the chipset handle's this function, (north bridgeor south)?

Is it possible to enter a line in the Msdos.sys file that will power the system off?

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by sjwfwork In reply to Power Off

All sounds complicated, but i think the answer lies in the "'power managment settings"" via your control panel

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by Digital_DNA In reply to Power Off

Nope, not control panel. Thanks

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by dmiles In reply to Power Off

Depending on the Operating System I would check the microsoft knowledgebase to see if this a shut down problem fix
Has the machine had any symptons other than this that would suggest that it may be a hardware problem such as
Power supply switch being defective
CPU heating up
check task manager to see if a program is not responding that will not let the machine power down.

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by Digital_DNA In reply to Power Off

All hardware functions properly.. Thanks

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by TheChas In reply to Power Off

Make sure that you have power management enabled in the BIOS settings.
For some systems, if power management is disabled in the BIOS settings, Windows cannot shut down the PC.

After that, check for ACPI or APM in device manager, and make sure they are enabled if present.

You might also want to look at the shutdown section at www.aumha.org

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by Digital_DNA In reply to Power Off

Congratulations "TheChas" your now the proud owner of 200 of my tech points. The problem was indeed related to the BIOS power management settings. Don't quite know why they got changed though. All I did was format the hard drive. Kind of odd that the BIOS setting would change with a format. Oh well, the problem's now fixed.

Thanks
EBCDIC

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by Ann777 In reply to Power Off

There are many causes of shutdown probnlems. I'd recommend you try to identify what changed to make your computer stop shutting down successfully. Was it the addition of more software or hardware?
http://www.aumha.org/a/shutdown.htm

The above site is a step-by-step for multiple OSes that could give you clues as to what to look for. It will also give links to microsoft, if they have a shutdown patch for your OS.

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by Digital_DNA In reply to Power Off

The site is indeed very informative and I've now bookmarked it. Thanks, but your answer didn't solve my problem.

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by Welli In reply to Power Off

You might have using an ATX type of system if so, I would suggest you to check the system bios,in which the power supply mode may be changed into AT from ATX which shows the message of (its now safe to turn off).Just try changing the bios settings.

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by Digital_DNA In reply to Power Off

That's very interesting. This system is an old AT system. ATX wasn't even thought of when this system was built.

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