A friend of mine has a 3 year old Compaq Presario computer running Windows XP. He is having problems with putting his computer in “Stand By” mode. In about 2 out of 3 times, when he uses the “Start, Turn off Computer, Stand By” function the computer freezes necessitating him turning off the computer and restarting. He has no other problems, the "Shut Down" and "Restart" functions work normally.
To try and help I installed the “Shutdown.exe” utility to see if this helped, but the same thing happened. I also tried running another utility, “PSShutdown”, which I use, but exactly the same problem occurs.
Has he checked the Bios settings to ensure that the correct APCI has been chosen? Sometimes, on older mobos, requires a jumper to be altered.
In addition, if possible, Hibernate use would be superior to Stand By as it saves all the settings before shutting down and reopens at that point; any problems such as a power failure when on Stand By could mean trouble...:-)
Stuartli – There are only three options to shut down on my version of XP (Home edition), ie “Stand By”, “Turn off” and “Restart”. I set up a “Hibernate” option on the desktop using the following shortcut:- “%windir%\System32\rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState”
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