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Standby button greyed out

by Keverstone / May 6, 2004 1:35 AM PDT

Since doing a full reinstallation of XP a few weeks ago I have had to sort out several problems (especially with the deleted registration keys of various programs) but one problem still remains. When I go to TURN OFF COMPUTER I get to the window with the three buttons and TURN OFF and RESTART are fine. The left button, STANDBY, however, is greyed out and will not work. I have also done a limited reinstallation but that has not fixed the problem either. Grateful for any help here.

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Re:Standby button greyed out
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 6, 2004 3:05 AM PDT

The clue here is your install of XP. What many expected is that Microsoft would install drivers for motherboard, BIOS and more.

Nothing is farther from reality. "Current" drivers are handled by the person who installs the OS, not by Microsoft, Windows Update or that demo-button "driver update."


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Re:Re:Standby button greyed out
by Keverstone / May 6, 2004 8:42 AM PDT

When I reinstalled Windows XP I did it over the top of the existing installation. I did not format the drive and all my other programs remained intact, except that some registration keys were removed and of course I lost my E-mail address book and Favourites URLs.

My video, audio and modem appear to be quite O.K. and there is no problem apart from the one (greyed-out STANDBY) originally mentioned. Do I really need to install any drivers again ?

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Motherboard drivers are what I suspect.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 6, 2004 10:48 AM PDT

After that, we look at BIOS settings and what HAL is installed.


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Re:Motherboard drivers are what I suspect.
by Keverstone / May 7, 2004 2:04 AM PDT

Many thanks, but you have almost lost me on this one.

Could you please explain what I should be looking for in the BIOS and what may need to be changed. What is HAL ?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 7, 2004 2:14 AM PDT
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