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Standby option in Windows 98 does not work

I have purchased a Pentium 400Mhz from Gateway 2000 a month ago and I have not stopped from having problems.
Here is the latest: if I select the Standby option or if I go to Power Management and set Standby to anything rather than "never", once I have reactivated the system, it lets me move the cursor. However, as soon as I click on an icon, the PC locks up. Any idea?
I was told by Gateway that there is a compatibility issue between Windows 98 and the Pentium II motherboard and that they were waiting for a fix from Microsoft.
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   Join Mr. AGK.  He also has a problem with APM on his GateWay.  

  It is a long shot, but give this a try:

This problem can occur if all of the following conditions exist:

You use the keyboard or a power management timer to put your computer into Standby mode.
An MS-DOS Prompt window is open when your computer goes into Standby mode.
Your computer uses Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) features.

To work around this problem, press ALT+TAB to resume your computer from Standby mode.

See if a newer BIOS is available and that you are not utilising
any BIOS features for power saving.
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   Try disabling your auto cd running for audio and data.  There is a known problem with some CD roms conflicting with standby mode.  

To disable both the automatic running of CD-ROMs and the automatic playing of audio CDs, follow these steps:

In Control Panel, double-click System.

Click the Device Manager tab.

Double-click the CD-ROM branch, and then double-click the CD-ROM driver entry.

On the Settings tab, click the "Auto Insert Notification" check box to clear it.

Click OK or Close until you return to Control Panel. When you are prompted to restart your computer, click Yes.

To disable only the automatic playing of audio CDs, follow these steps:

Double-click My Computer.

On the View menu, click Options.

On the File Types tab, click AudioCD in the Registered File Types box, and then click Edit.

In the Actions box, click Play, and then click Set Default.

Click Close, and then click Close.


  Sorry, i meant to offer that as a comment, not answer.  :)
emmleAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your time. I have tried to switch off the auto CD running option but it only made things worth as I was not even able to move the cursor in order to click on a icon. This time the PC locked up straight away.
Do you know of what brand your motherboard is ? If it is an Asus P2B mainboard, I might have the solution.  The system locks up because it's a buggy flash software version, you can get the upgrade your flash eprom using the website of asus (http://www.asus.com).  It never failed again with me after the upgrade.
There are also drivers that can cause your problem.  Awhile back soundblaster had a similar problem with there drivers.  It seems that the drivers are not correctly initialized upon wake up!  with my computer if I put it into standby my soundcard won't work until I reboot.  Make sure you have all of the latest drivers for all of your hardware.  Also let us know if there are any devices listed under "other devices" in the device manager.  Or if there is any yellow ! marks in the device manager.


    It seems that Gateway has been singing a lot of songs about waiting for MS to issue a fix for 'their' computers.  I don't think that will happen.  There have been numerous instances in this forum where no experts could provide an absolute answer when it comes to GAteway's machines and power management.  

And it appears as though only Gateway systems have this problem, and MS will not issue a fix.  When you think about it, does MS really care if Gateway computers have problems with their OS??  I think Gateway is buying time with their customers by passing the buck to MS.  In the end, it will be Gateway who issues the fix, not the maker of windows.  

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