Sometimes when I shut my system down it freezes and I have to press the reset button, start up and go through the whole rigmarole again. Pressing the off button on the tower achieves nothing. The machine won't switch off!
I am almost certain there is s setting somewhere either in a tool in control panel, or a setting in Device Manager where you can set it that the pc can be shut down manually using the on/off button if the above happens. Can anybody refresh my memory please?
I thank you both for the quick response to my post. This was the setting I had, and it's not working. The funny thing is when I shut down my open programs and pressed the "Off" button, after reading these posts it did work, but this was without a freeze.
I'll wait till the next freeze and try it. If it still doesn't work I'll post back. Thanks again!
I'm having the same problem - win xp freezing on shutdown, then the on/off button not working. I shut it off via the plug, as it was freezing on startup with the reset button too. It then started freezing on startup! I went into safe mode and tried a system restore. It didn't work! That was last night. I tried again this afternoon and it started up ok, but then froze on shutdown again. It started up ok just now, but I'm not looking forward to trying to shut down! I'm downloading windows updates now. Do I need to switch off the firewall while I do this? It's been about 15mins and it's still only 6% complete. Any ideas?
Ihad the same trouble when I got a blue screen, everything was frozen, on researching the manual I found that if you press the off button and hold it down for about five seconds that will do the trick.