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Old 2nd September 2005   #1
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auto shut down?

How do I get my windows XP to automatically shut down after i go thru the shut down option from the start box? I am getting the message that "It is safe to shut down my computer" and I was want the machine to turn itself off without me to have to manually power down.

Thank all responses very much in advance!



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Putnam - Welcome to the Board

First question is ....

Do you have an older computer with an AT motherboard and power supply or a more current model with an ATX motherboard and power supply. AFAIK AT boards will not shut down automatically beyond the 'It is now safe ....' screen because the BIOS does not support APM (Advanced Power Management).

Go to Device Manager > Computer and expand that entry by clicking on the + sign - if you have a compliant BIOS you should see 'ACPI Uniprocessor PC'.

If you see that description look at Your computer stops responding when you try to shut down in Windows XP from the MS Knowledge Base. If that is of no help look here under Powerdown Issues.

Be aware, though, that even when the computer shuts down 'automatically' and all the case lights are off the motherboard remains powered up until you turn off the mains. On many current motherboards you are alerted to this fact by a green led on the motherboard.

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