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Why does my used computer start up with the touch of a key pad

You guys have really helped my get this used computer into really good shape.
One thing puzzels me that my son brought to my attention. All you have to do to start it is to touch the space bar on the key pad.
I would like all my pc's to start up this way but don't know how to enable this key command.
This one is running windows 98SE. It was obviously set up this way by the privious owner.
Do any of you guys know how this was done so I can set up my laptop and other PC do turn on the same way. I thinks it's kind of cool.
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Tplayer
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blue_zeeCommented:

I believe what you are seeing is hibernation:

Wake up and use hibernation or standby
http://www.microsoft.com/windows98/usingwindows/work/articles/908aug/hibernation.asp

Zee
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TplayerAuthor Commented:
No, I'm sure the computer is actually turned off. I tried it myself several times.
Actually I misspoke earlier when I said the space key would turn on the computer.
In reality, any key will turn it on.
I'm 100% sure the computer is turned completely off.
To make sure I unplugged it, then plugged it back in, hit any key and boom! it boots up.
I'm still amazed.
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blue_zeeCommented:

Description of the Different Advanced Power Management States
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;197739

You must have compatible hardware.

Zee
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stevenlewisCommented:
your motherboard supports this feature (a relatively new fangled feature)
it is enabled in the bios
new motherboards don't completely power down (if you open it up, theere is usually an LED that is lit to remind you to shut off the rocker switch or unplug it before swapping cards)
it is this little power going thru the board that allows you to boot up with a key press (my mobo supports this)
go into your bios, and hunt around and you will find this setting, then check the other machines (some may have it, and some won't)
This is not hibernation or standby, but an actual powerup
it may be called
"boot on deypress"
http://www.buildyourown.org.uk/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1338
asus and shuttle seem to have this
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TplayerAuthor Commented:
Ok, so how do you get into bios menu in window 98. I have an IBM think pad, holding down f2 got me in but it didn't work on my sons PC.
Thanks,
Tplayer
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stevenlewisCommented:
it's not the OS trhat determines how to get into the bios, but the bios mfg/motherboard
there are different keystrokes for many
try del, or F10, or F2
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stevenlewisCommented:
Again, not all motherboards support this feature, so it may or may not be present on your son's machine
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stevenlewisCommented:
Glad we could help!
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TplayerAuthor Commented:
Well, thank you for your answers. I was more curious than anything else. My sons computer is an odd brand I've never hear of. It' called a "Millenna" I bought it for 20 bucks. Iv'e never seen a computer boot up from the key pad before and thought maybe I would like that feature on my Dell PC or ThinkPad notebook as welll.
But as you said I don't see that feature on either one so I'm just going to let this one go.
What really bothers me is that I was unable to get into the bios in my sons computer to atleast see whats going on.
I tried F2,F12,F10 and nothing happends, it just boots up.
Maybe it's not worth all the effort :)
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stevenlewisCommented:
maybe more info than you care about for bios
http://burks.bton.ac.uk/burks/pcinfo/hardware/bios_sg/bios_sg.htm
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TplayerAuthor Commented:
Well, holding down delete finally worked. Found something that said bootUp Num-Lock. (on) I wonder if this is the culprit.
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stevenlewisCommented:
Nope, all that does is turn on the num lock
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TplayerAuthor Commented:
Decided this isn't that important.
Besides, my wife is getting angry for spending holiday time on the computer.
She just doesn't understand me.
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