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    POWERING DOWN

    We have a system here that is shutting itself off. At times it will be right after it has been logged onto or at times a few minutes after it has been on the desktop. Then we have to shut it off and on with the power button on the back of the system. The one in front will not bring it on. Any suggestions? We are running Windows 98. No error message are received. <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15>
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    Re: POWERING DOWN

    Sounds suspiciously like a BIOS issue. If it recently started happening, it could be the CMOS battery needs replacing. Since the power switch in the front is called a soft-touch switch and isn't truly a power switch (the board is constantly getting power), shutting down the computer and removing power to the mainboard indicates something at a hardware level is at fault.

    Try disabling power management in the BIOS and see if the problem goes away. Windows 98 doesn't always play nice with ACPI enable systems.
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    Re: POWERING DOWN

    where should i go to do that?
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    Re: POWERING DOWN

    This has to be somewhat general since BIOS chips from different manufacturers are always a bit different. At any rate, when you start the PC, you will see a message such as 'Press DEL to enter SETUP' or similar. This will get you into the BIOS setup utility, and from there, finding power management should be simple.

    As a sidenote, some manufacturers don't offer a Disabled option, but instead something like "User Define". Approximate if you have to, and remember - better yet write down - the previous setting just in case.
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