Why is spacebar powering on the computer?

By Tink! ·
The computer I brought home from work for my kids to use is able to be powered on by just hitting the spacebar - even after a proper shut down and power is off.

The computer is an HP Vectra and used to have WinNT but I installed Win 98 SE.

I don't know if this situation has been there since I installed Win98 as this discovery was only just made recently thanks to the cat who has taken to lying on the keyboard.

I do not want the spacebar to power on the computer, how do I change this?

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Check the BIOS

by mjd420nova In reply to Why is spacebar powering ...

There is a selection in the BIOS for assigning a HOT key to turn the machine on. It can be set to just about any key, and I guess that it is set for the spacebar. I prefer to have NONE, and you have to ust the front panel switch. Check the BIOS.

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Agreed, The Bios has the setting

by w2ktechman In reply to Check the BIOS

There will be a section in the BIOS to allow or disable booting the system, powering it on, or waking it.

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thanks guys

by Tink! In reply to Why is spacebar powering ...

that's what I was thinking too. You confirmed it for me.

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Most of all

by rob mekel In reply to thanks guys

Did you find the section in the BIOS?


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Just shoot the cat

by cs In reply to Why is spacebar powering ...

Sadly the techies have come up with the proper answer. ;-)

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by gadgetgirl In reply to Why is spacebar powering ...

the ONLY technical question I actually knew the answer to and everyone else beat me to it.

For a minute there, I very nearly upgraded to gadgetgirl (3)

Oh, well, I can still dream....

And Tink - as regards the cat - get it a gel keyboard rest, they prefer those, mine used to get kneaded on a daily basis!


Don't forget to give the thumbs up to mjd!

Edited for reminder!

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GG Tink's cat could be like this one

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to miffed
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by gadgetgirl In reply to GG Tink's cat could be li ...

Right now, I could use that cat in here! Is he for hire?

(Dippy Tart Boss + Double Dippy Tart Assistant Director = one extremely frustrated GG)

But - I've got half-day-itis, I'm outta here in around 15 minutes for a jump start on the weekend!


Have a good one, all!


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Thanks GG

by Tink! In reply to Brill!

I'm giving you a thumbs up for pointing out the thumbs up to me...I didn't even notice the button...doh!

Tink :)

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by Tink! In reply to GG Tink's cat could be li ...

She's far from it actually. She's the B&W kitten (that got caught on the door- from a prev post) we kept from our outdoor cat and is right there when we come downstairs in the morning, seeking attention or a lap.

She's also starting to get fat. She's definitley a spoiled little cat!

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