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Shutdown fix?

Just put a clean install of W2k Pro SP4 on a test system to play with, but when I shut down, the power will not go off. It gets to the "Safe To Turn Off System" message, and I have to kill the power myself.

Did having the "ACPI Aware OS" option set to NO in the BIOS mess up the install? Or is there a setting I can change to fix this?

Specs:
AMD Duron 750 (socket A)
ECS K7S5A mobo - latest BIOS flash
256 PC-100 SDRAM
1 10gig ATA-66 WD harddrive - master primary channel
1 DVD ROM - master secondary channel
Matrox Mystique 220 PCI 4meg video card

Thanks.
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r-kCommented:
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Nirmal SharmaSolution ArchitectCommented:
You need to enable ACPI in BIOS.

By default Windows Setup doesn't enable this feature or don't touch BIOS options at all.

Read this section: "POWERDOWN ISSUES" in below article:

http://www.aumha.org/win5/a/shtdwnxp.php

Applies to Windows XP, 2000 and 2003.
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_Author Commented:
>> enable ACPI in BIOS <<   Did that the other day. No change.
That why I was wondering if there was a setting or reg hack I could do. Instead of a Repair or Reinstall.

I played with it some more last night. I can't do much with the aumha.org list, since it will not load Safe Mode. Hangs at the banner saying "Windows is Loading".   : /

Task Manager in Normal Mode just shows W2K services running. I will try it with the onboard nic disabled, and see what happens. But when I first installed the OS it was hanging on Shutdown, before I Enabled the nic and loaded the drivers.

The MS link looks like it says about the same things as aumha. MS doesn't like Firefox, so I will go back and recheck it later with IE.  : /  : /

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_Author Commented:
Got it to boot in Safe Mode with Networking - still hangs at "Safe to turn off computer"
Got it to boot in plain Safe Mode (hangs for about 5 minutes before the login prompt shows up) - still hangs.

In Normal Mode it shows 15 processes running (no apps). All say "Critical System file" or "Access Denied" when I try to End Task.

I am digging through the Registry to see if anything is there.

BTW: this system powers off with W98SE HD running.  : /
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_Author Commented:
Got tired of digging in the reg, so I did a dirty install, which fixed it.
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r-kCommented:
Yes, there's always that. Glad it's better now :)
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_Author Commented:
>> there's always that <<   Yeap. I was really wanting to get my "hands dirty", but I'm sure I will get plenty more chances.
; )
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Nirmal SharmaSolution ArchitectCommented:
Glad to assist you :)
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