The Pavilion 774 bought March 2003 no longer turns itself off when shutting down, nor does it go into standby mode. Rather, I am left staring at a blu screen with "Windows is shutting down" or "Windows is standing by".
THe HDD seems to try and power itself down and there is the squeaky sound I have come to associate with switching off, but the activity does not complete.
What is going on? How can this be fixed? Is it a critical thing to fix - still inside 2 year warranty (from John Lewis)?
There are a few things that can cause this problem, mostly software related, including Norton AV checking the floppy drive at shutdown. Have a look at this site and see if any of the ideas there help click here