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Seriously though - how long have you let it alone? It can take a very, very long time if you have lots of files on your desktop, my docs, temporary internet files etc. I've seen PC's (not on XP, but 2k) that have taken 25 minutes to shut down.
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The system has recovered from a serious error, please tell Microsoft about it
or something like that at least 3X/day
Let me guess .... It's a Dell // Compaq ....but I'm sure they're out of the same stable!
Definitely not the same stable, personally I view it as the difference between a Honda and a Merc S class.
Never had a problem with Dell's comps, but as for Compaq euh! They have nearly spent as much time in the repair shop as they have in the office!
Compaq bought Digital, which was a disaster for my company (old-skool medical software, command-line stuff mostly), as we relied heavily on Alpha servers. Ugh. We've been scrambling for five years to get our crap to run on Windows (it's not a quick scramble, especially when you've had to lay off most of your staff). What a mess. Compaq is a joke. I can't believe we were dumb enough to buy our regular PCs from them, except that we do everything we can bargain-basement. Which is tiring and usually ineffective in the end.
And nobody, but nobody, will buy an Alpha server that says Compaq on it. People won't even take the concept seriously. Yeah I know they were already obsolete, but at least they were respectably old and obsolete. Now they're just cheesy and obsolete.
Power cord always works here XP PRO crashes all the time anyway. It's far better than Win ME though. The system has recovered from a serious error, please tell Microsoft about it or something like that at least 3X/day
Wow. That is really weird. I have nothing but stability with XP. Have ever tried using system file checker from the command prompt?
start > run > cmd > sfc scannow
You'll need to have your install CD in the drive because it grabs stuff from the CD to repair.
I'm going to try that <quote>start > run > cmd > sfc scannow </quote> patrick and see how it goes.
...5 seconds, which is a long time to push a button
The pause is there, be glad it is. Just the other day was working on a fairly new HP, had my arm across the front trying to see if the nic was on board or pci, but I shut the system down cause HP did not think when they allowed the power button to stick out further in front than anything else. (?). But, thats HP's problem, not yours. She had email open, accounting software running, printing , etc. ...she was just smart enough to have everything backed up first though!
..if it has not happened to you yet, someday it will.
peewhy >> just had the same exact thing happen with a new install of xp on an older Emachine. Shut down with win98 fine, not so with xp. Turned out to be a bios problem and a new chip fixed it, you may try checking there.
xp 'Home' edition, clean install after drive format(ntfs)
such as you accidently bumped the button.
Yes. My first PC was a 386/20 from Gateway 2000 (the kind where the chassis weighs more than most refrigerators). Anyway, the reset button stuck out in front, and only needed a tap to make contact. After bumping it a few times, I ended up removing it and using a pencil to reset.
Right click on your desktop and choose properties
from the pop up box choose screen saver and then click the power button
from the top menu choose APM and put a tick in the Advanced Power Management box
This will shut down the PC in the normal way without having to hold your finger on the button
Windows hangs when it cannot shut down a program or process running in the background.
On all ATX motherboards (most modern PCs) you have to hold the power button down for 4-5 seconds. This can be set to "instant off" in the BIOS (usually)
Use the services button to see what's running in XP. A lot of it can be turned off. There are numerous optimising sites that tell you which services can be turned off. It'll also give you a faster PC. Automatic updates! Rubbish. Turn that one off first and NEVER do a Windows update unless it promises to solve a particular problem you have.
Also, disable your network card temporarily and see if you still have the problem.
Use control+alt+delete to call up task manager and individually shut down programs. A bit of trial and error will tell you which is the dodgy one. Use Start>Run>Msconfig to turn it off.
Set your power setting all to "Always on". Sleep/suspend and the one million other power saving features are problem features on many machines.
Diagonal coloured text in the DOS/POST (pre-Windows) screen is a faulty video card/connection.
Best of luck.