Standby and Hibernation.

I am currently using Outlook Express as my e-mail application.  I am running a Sony VAIO desktop computer /Pentium 4  processor running @ 2.5 gig.  My operating system is Microsoft XP/SP3.  I use Firefox as my browser.  Recently I have been unable to get my desktop to either Standby or Hibernate.  If I try either, after a few moments the computer will have turned itself back on.  No manner, at least by me, of fiddling with the power settings in the Control Panel seems to have no effect, whatsoever.
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Try checking manufacturer website for chipset / power management drivers or utilities and re-installing those. MAke sure you don't have anything in BIOS set to "wake on..." (e.g. LAN, Wifi, HD, etc)
What does your power setting in the control panel look like? does it say the hard disk turns off after...... For now it seems you want to be able to log back into the pc and have everything already loaded. I have alternative for you for now. Use the hibernation mode when pressing on the power button. This way at least you can start from where you left off
tuffpoAuthor Commented:
I'm not as computer literate as some, and as a result, I did not understand Solution # 1.

For some reason, Solution # 2 did not work.  I followed the procedure as set forth, but still got a complete shutdown.

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tuffpoAuthor Commented:
Thank you.
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