"I have a new emachine" and you have an issue with "new"...
You have a warranty issue. The common cures are updated BIOS and motherboard drivers. If you added ANYTHING to the machine from new to when the problem occurred, then you get to reveal that.
What will fry you is that a common TROJAN DIALER can produce this issue.
I get the error message "System Standby Failed" when I try to put my computer into sleep mode. I have a new emachine and am running Windows XP. It has been going into sleep mode successfully for several months but I am now receiving this message when I hit the "sleep" button.
"The device driver for the 'Communications Port (COM)' device is preventing the machine from entering standby. Please close all applications and try again. If the problem persists, you may need to update this driver."
Closing and restarting makes no difference. I went into the hardware section and found the Communications Port driver and attempted to re-install it from the recovery CD (thinking it may have gotten corrupted) - but after looking through that disk, the Wizard says the driver currently installed is the best one. All patches are current and there are no other Window Updates available to install so I can't understand how I can update a driver that was working perfectly a day ago when there are none available for download on the update section?? Why would I need a new driver when it worked fine yesterday - anyone have any answers ?? Or is something else going on here ???