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"Turn monitor off" setting doesn't really turn off

Q: "Turn monitor off" setting doesn't really turn off

Dell Dimension 4100 PIII 866 MHz, XP Pro, NViIDIA GeForce MX 440

This is my problem: I have the power saving settings set to turn off my monitor after 20 min. It does briefly turn off, only to turn on again 1 sec. later, displaying a faint very dark blue screen... It used turn off fine, but after upgrading from Windows 98SE to XP Pro I got this problem. Is this the OS or my video card?

Any clues?

Thanks all

A: "Turn monitor off" setting doesn't really turn off

Did you upgrade to XP right over the top of 98 or was it a clean install? If you did an upgrade over the top of 98 (and I know you don't want to hear this lol) then you should format and do a clean install. Upgrades rarely leave you with a stable system.

Things to try before you do that though:

1) Make sure your video card drivers are up to date.

2) Make sure Windows is updated - go to windowsupdate

3) try the system file checker (Start, Run, "sfc /scannow" [without the quotes]) to make sure your system files are intact.

Other than that I would say just do a format and install XP from scratch (to be honest, you should do this anyway if you haven't already, you'll get much better stability and performance).


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As this question was never answered I'll post it verbatim with my own comments below,
See original post here;

In all operating systems up to Vista, the flash drive's "active" light turns off when I go through the disconnect procedure; but, in Vista, it doesn't. I have traditionally used this as part of my explanation to others (and a convenience to myself) about when to not to remove the flash drive from its USB port.

This is a problem common to all Vista systems I've seen.

Why does the light not turn off in Vista?

And, is there an easy way to correct this?

Additional information: I have eliminated this problem being hardware-related. I have loaded Vista onto one of my systems here that previously had Windows 2000, then XP on it and it was only with the loading of Vista that the problem developed on this system. Just to be absolutely sure, I did a restore of a previous image of Windows 2000 and the problem went away again. I put Vista back on and the problem came back. So, this is strictly a Vista problem.Click to expand...

I have had the same problem with every Vista system I have used and every flash drive (note this means SSD NAND flash not HDD's or card adapters). AS the last discussion degraded into useless questions about hardware and other OS's let's get a confirmation that someone out there actually has a flash drive that turns its activ... Read more

A:Flash drive's "active" light doesn't turn off in Vista when "safely removed"

have done a litte research and testing in my lab on several machines and have confirmd the problem. What it seems to indicate to me is that, in Vista, the light simply indicates power, not data transfer. Whenever I am transferring data, the light blinks.

While I have never actually tested it, I do not belive that the "safely remove" feature actually kills all power to the USB port in XP. If that is the case, then there is really no danger as long as vista has acknowledged the disconnect and knows not to try to write data to the drive.

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I've set Turn off the display setting in my power plan to 15 minutes and my monitor does turn off after that period (sometimes it doesn't!), but then, sometimes, it turns ON by itself after few minutes.

I've been Google-ing these days trying to find some solution and I came across suggestions which recommends that Allow this device to wake the computer option, located in the Power management tab, in the Properties window of the network adapter, in the Device manager, should be disabled. Also, there were suggestions that Wake on Magic packet property in the Advanced tab should be disabled, too. Unfortunately, all that did not work in my case.

Does somebody know what can cause this problem? Has anyone ever encountered such phenomena?

Thanks in advance.

A:Monitor turn on by itself after "Turn off the display" starts

Hello alokin87 & welcome to Sevenforums,

Sometimes the computer Wake from standby because of a program's updating itself. Sometimes it does wake, sometimes it does not!

Therefore it could be the Windows Media center as explained in this Hotfix from MS. You could give a try:

Look at post #1:

"-Do you find that your Windows 7 Computer wakes up from sleep unexpectedly at a particular time every day? If so then you might to check up if any scheduled tasks are waking your PC up."

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In all operating systems up to Vista, the flash drive's "active" light turns off when I go through the disconnect procedure; but, in Vista, it doesn't. I have traditionally used this as part of my explanation to others (and a convenience to myself) about when to not to remove the flash drive from its USB port.

This is a problem common to all Vista systems I've seen.

Why does the light not turn off in Vista?

And, is there an easy way to correct this?

Additional information: I have eliminated this problem being hardware-related. I have loaded Vista onto one of my systems here that previously had Windows 2000, then XP on it and it was only with the loading of Vista that the problem developed on this system. Just to be absolutely sure, I did a restore of a previous image of Windows 2000 and the problem went away again. I put Vista back on and the problem came back. So, this is strictly a Vista problem.

A:Flash drive's "active" light doesn't turn off in Vista when disconnected

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My Start, "Turn off Computer" and "restart computer" button doesn't work. (processor is Intel Centrino duo on an Acer Travel Mate 4230)

I think the problem began when I installed Microsoft Mobile to use with my HTC 9625 (Tytn II) [smart phone/pda]

I seem to get a temporary fix when I reinstall the Mobile app, but then in 2 or 3 days I'm back to the problem.

Also, when the shut off starts failing, (I can use the hardware button...hold 10 sec) soon to follow my "Active Sync" starts working selectively.

Help! Thoughts.

A:"Turn off Computer" doesn't Work


When you click the buttons does it show any sign of receiving that command? Does it lock up or change screens at all?


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I need to know this since windows thinks that my monitor gets unplugged when I turn it off and use displayport (DP) as a media to transfer the image. This will be a big issue for windows if its not fixed soon since DP more or less always registers as "unplugged"
when the monitor is off.
Any1 know a solution to this problem? its bad when u need to change the resolution back to normal each time you start the computer and forgett to start one of the monitors...

A:Auto detect "unplugged monitor", where to turn off?

This is controlled by your video driver, not Windows!
The problem lies with the video driver.Please remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ?

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Hi friends.

I am not on this forum unless I have a problem.
I have a year 2000 flat screen View Sonic monitor. When I boot my computer, the monitor will try to come on but quits in few seconds. It shows black screen. LED on monitor used to stay "Green" Vs yellow or nothing at present. do you think my video card might be bad in the computer or the fuse inside the monitor is blown or monitor is bad period?

Please help.
Thanks -----

A:Flat Screen Monitor will not turn "ON"

It sounds like your system is not booting. As a quick test of your monitor, connect it to the system you are using now. That will tell you if the monitor is working or not.
FWIW I had a viewsonic 22" monitor from around the same time; it stopped working about 6 months ago.

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I have my updates set to "Download updates but let me choose whether to install them"

Yet every now and then, with no action on my part, when I go to turn off my computer or to restart it I get the "Do Not Turn Off" message and windows starts installing updates. This is Ok if the updates are short but very frustrating if it takes a while and I need the computer to restart fast or shut down fast.

Is there any setting that will prevent this from happening?

A:How do I turn off update function that causes "Do Not Turn Off"

This is what I use and it works most of the time.
*** Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install.***

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These are in Firefox. I'd like to turn off all of these dumbo messages. If you know how, please let me know how too.


A:How do I turn off "Share Location," "Allow Full screen,"

Follow this guide from Mozilla support: https://Permissions Manager - Give certain websites the ability to store passwords, set cookies and more |
You can set individual web sites or you can do like I did and follow the second part of the guide and set for "all sites". You'll see the settings to ask or block either request to the right.

For further exploration try typing about:about into the address bar, be careful using the resulting page, all the links are mozilla/firefox related; Some of the links are benign, and others can get you into trouble.

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I am running Windows 8 64 bit

Apparently I scanned my system using full system scan (AVAST) and left my computer on thinking it would take for many hours. When I came back, my computer automatically shutdown because it was left standby for about 4 hours. I don't know if the scan was finished. When I try to boot, the screen gets stuck on "please wait" screen or "configuring windows. Do not turn off your computer".

I already tried going to System Recovery Options screen, then going to Troubleshoot, then Advanced Options, but I tried everything there and still the issue persists even when I tried to boot in safe mode. I tried going to command prompt, and type sfc/ scannow but it says it can't scan right now. I also tried chkdsk / R but it says the same. I don't know how to run cmd as administrator from the System Recovery Options.

So now I tried to use system restore but I am stuck to the windows logo for about 1 and half hour. I don't know if I should wait for this or it is already stuck. In other forums I read, they used system restore with only the "C:" disk group connected. Should I also do this?

I am thinking to remove AVAST or somehow disable it.

Please help me.

A:[SOLVED] Stuck on "Please wait" screen or "Configuring windows. Do not turn off your

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

Do you have your Windows 8 CD?

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Everything turns on, fans and everything. It's a completely new build. No input detected from a Samsung monitor.

I've swapped ram sticks to see if one of them is dead
I've reseated the video card

Don't know what to do.

Gonna pop my 4870 X2 into the computer to see if the video card is DOA. If not, the motherboard?

A:New Computer Build: Monitor doesn't turn on / Monitor doesn't initalize

your vga could be causing the issue, but that's only if you dont have onboard video as well.

Next time you post with a problem, make sure you give us detailed specs of your rig, when you dont its like saying "Hey, I have a red car, and it wont start."

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i recently contracted a virus that does the above mentioned things. i have hijack this, prevx, and wintasks. i also have just downloaded norton 2007. can anyone help me fix my ailing computer?


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oh, i am running win xp sp 2, have a dell dimension 2350, and have already deleted viewpoint manager, but i'm still stuck.


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Here is a little oddity for the group to take a look at.

In the attached screen shot, you can see I have the monitor to be turned off after 5 minutes of inactivity. It works as expected after i set it. Usually the next day after boot up, it will not happen and the setting is still the same in Power Options. I have to go in and set/apply it again. This happens so regularly, I have placed a shortcut to Power Options in my quick Launch Taskbar.

Any ideas??? Raybro

A:Turn off monitor setting

This may help Raybro .

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After I click "Turn off computer" in the start menu, I get an hourglass and it takes over a minute for the Turn off/restart/log off box to come up. Anyone know why this is happening? I can still work with the computer and do other stuff, but it just takes a while for the box to come up. It's really annoying.


A:clicking "turn off computer" in start menu takes to long

Hi it can be for many reasons check.

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By choosing this option, Does it really increase HD performance in win7?
(i'm talking about physical HD drive C:\ ,not out of the system connected storage device )
i read in some places and also Brink tutorial but could not find straight answer.
(Solved) - Speeding Up SATA Hard Drives in Windows Vista ? How-To Geek Forums
what do you think?

A:"Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on the device"

I doubt anybody's done extensive testing or benchmarking for performance benefits when you enable/disable that feature. Most people probably leave it to the default (unchecked).

But heres some history. That setting exists to actually fix a bug in Win 3.1 that led to many legacy apps relying heavily on flush calls (forcing hdd to write buffered data to the disk). The reason they did this was because flush calls were extremely fast and the reason they were so fast was they didnt actually work! The feature was broken, lol. So when MS fixed the issue in Win 95, all such apps slowed down to a crawl. To fix this MS added back the option to break the flush calls.

Read here:

Windows Confidential: The Power of Bugs

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I'm looking for a way to actually remove the folder for "Games" under "Turn Windows Features on or off" in Control panel. We need to completely remove the folder from the list so that our users can't just go in and re install the games. Thanks.

A:Remove folder from "Turn Windows Features on or off" in control panel

Do not give your users administrative power. Done.

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Yesterday my computer went crazy.
I have a Dell Latitude D531, running Win Xp Professional Version 2002 SP3.

At the end of my shift I had many windows open in Rockmelt and Google Crome and I just closed the . When I came home I opened the lid and waited for like 10 min and the only thing I saw was a "on" blask screen. I held in the power button to turn off the computer.

Turned it on and after that I lost:
1. Internet connection both cable and wireless
2. The PC won't read USB pen.
3. It won't turn off properly, and up in a blue screen and stays there.
4. Lost also sound on the computer.

I have tried the following sollutions:
- Tried to reset TCP/IP but it just hangs up.
- Tried to uninstall sound driver, just hangs up.
- Tried to uninstall network adapters, but just hangs there.

I have not installed any new programs for ages.

Any sollutions to this massive brake down?



A:[SOLVED] Lost Internet connection, won't turn off properly, won't "read" USB pen

Boot off of the Windows Disc Or download the Recovery Console ISO. Burn it to CD with IMGBurn Boot off of the CD and get to the Recovery Console. Here type chkdsk /R and press enter. The Check Disk utility will try and fix any file errors.
You can also download the ISO image for Drive Fitness Test in my signature and burn the image to a CD using IMGBurn also in my signature and boot off of the newly created CD and run the short and extended tests on the HDD to test the integrity of the drive.

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I have Windoes XP Home on my laptop. Recently, the computer takes a long time (about a minute or two) to respond after I click on "Start / Turn Off Computer" and then it shows my shut down options (Standby, Turn Off, Restart). However, the computer responds very quickly when I shut down from the Task Manager. I conducted all the appropriate tools (check disk, defrag, full virus/spyware scan, disk cleanup and disabled all non-critical processes).

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One of the non-profit's I support purchased eight Dell Vistro 1000 laptops, and the one I am using has a neat Hibernate button on the "Turn off computer" screen. And this is NOT one that appears because I held down the shift key and clicked "Standby" ... instead, it is just to the left of the "Standby" button.

I hibernate my desktop machine a lot, and would like to have that little feature on it (or, better yet, an icon on my decktop that I could click and the hibernation fun would begin without intervention).

Any ideas???

Oh, for those who don't know what the Vistro line is from Dell, this is a bare-bones laptop for $399 that runs XP:

The one I am using has a Mobile AMD Sempron Processor (3600+), 1/2 GB RAM, 60GB hard drive, XP/Home, and is noticably slower than my desktop rig, but for $400, it ain't bad. With a little imagination you can use Dell's configurator to add $500 to that, but then that defeats the purpose of a stripped-down XP machine.
But I don't want to hijack my own thread! Any ideas on the hibernate button?

A:Solved: Hibertate Button on "Turn off computer" screen

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A:my images turn into png format when "save as" to desktop or any folder

I haven't heard of them changing to ".png" -- but I have heard of them being changed to .bmp when the Internet Explorer cache is full.

Try clearing the cache in Internet Options.;en-us;810978

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I recently (2 days ago) had this weird problem.

It's a sort of a "syndrome" with many problems, the most evident one is the disappearance of the "Turn off" button from the start menu; but with it some other problems as follows:

- cant open task manager, i have an error message saying:"task manager has been disabled by ur administrator" although i am an administrator.

- no "run" button in the start menu.

- some sys tray applications stopped being started up with the windows.

And i havent discovered more things,,, yet...

Also, i have recently uninstalled download accelerator plus, and downloaded internet download manager, and i am almost pretty sure this is the problem as it is happened exactly with these programs added and removed.

Please if u have any idea what is going on, enlighten me...

A:Solved: "Turn off" button in the start menu disappeared!

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With 2GB sticks on the cheap, (around 45 bucks each), i was wondering if this config could affect performance in any way.

Currently I have 4GB of RAM (only 3.5 is addressed though), and I never seem to use more than that.

Sometimes however... when i run adobe flash 8 and photoshop.. everything really slows down quite a bit. Im just looking for super fast speeds when i run these applications.

A:Solved: Ok to turn off "page file" if i have 8GB RAM, XP 64bit edition?

I wouldn't.
Windows still uses it for some data no matter how much memory you have.
You may be able to reduce it's size though.

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Relevant Computer Specs(IMO): winXP Home ed. OS/ MSI PM8M-V motherboard w/ Intel celeron 3.2 processor/ 1x1 gig of ddr400 Ultra RAM/ and a cheap 450 watt power supply that could very well be going bad. Overclocked to 3.5 Ghz.

The Story: My computer use to shut down on its own without me manually telling it too. Also, the Stand By feature was availible if I wanted it. I recently bought 2 new Hard drives, WD 250GB Cavier/ SATA300/ 16MB, and set them up into a RAID 0 array. They did not cuase a problem as my system runs much better. 3 days later however, I encountered the problem that BattelFeild 2 did not run properly, so I reinstalled it. (I believe it was from copying files to my new RAID 0 array). Fixed the problem no hassle. To be on the safe side, I did a Repair reinstall of windows to make sure that no system files were corrupted in the transfer as well. (My computer would glitch randomly and close programs.) It wasn't until after the repair reinstall of windows, did I encounter a problem.

The Problem: My computer now runs smoothly, except for when I power down. I get the message "It is now safe to turn off your computer" along with winXP Logo and I am forced to shut down my computer manually. Also, when I click "start" "turn off computer" I no longer have the option to stand by.

I have tried all of the steps in the following link to Microsofts trouble shooter and still nothing has happened. In step 5 though, after I installed APM/Leg... Read more

A:Solved: "It is now safe to turn off your computer" error on shutdown

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I don't know what else to call it. On my old computer, I would go to Ebay and begin typing in the first letter of what I wanted to look at, and several words would appear that began with that letter (items I've looked at before), and then I could just click on the one I wanted. Now I have a new computer, and it doesn't do that anymore so I am constantly retyping in the words.

I'm thinking there must be a simple place you go to turn this feature on, but I have no idea where/how. Can someone help me, please? Thanks.

A:how do I turn on automatic "letter/word fill in" feature?

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Every time when I turn off my computer, the machine shows "Now is safe to turn or your computer" message. I know there is a way to disable this but just don't know how.

I do some search on this website, and found out we can have this fix by enabling the Advanced Power Management Support at Control Panel. However, my computer doesn't have the APM option under the Power Option. I have W2K install on this machine.

I did fix this problem before by editing the registry but just forget how to do it. Hope someone can help me with this. Very thanks a lot.

A:Solved: Disable "Now is safe to turn off the computer" message

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Is there a registry setting or option to turn off the message

"other users are logged on"

you get when you try to turn off or restart/ Windows 7, vista, xp etc? (Also ubuntu if it's not off topic)

Whats a "quite command"?

I guess I'm looking for no warning even if other users are logged on and multi RDP.

Also where are the settings to turn on or off the various windows warning messages and notices? (I'm NOT referring to the "action center" messages).

I'm doing a lot of virtual testing and multi RDP etc.

Also how do you go through 2 subnets, where one is a virtual VMWare subnet

Real PC -> Physical router (ADSL Modem Internet gateway) 1 -> Physical sub router 2 -> VMware subnet router -> VMWare workstation.

Thank you.

A:Turn off, disable "other users are logged on" message when restarting

Yeah log the other users off.

Setup the VM to use your on board NIC instead of a virtual NIC on another subnet.

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The only problem is that I'm the administrator and the only account on this laptop! I have no idea what to do. I've fooled around with the settings to see if I could find anything but I came up with nothing. At this point, I'm really worried that it's a virus or something like that but Norton and AdAware haven't picked up anything. I could post a HijackThis log if you think that'll help. Thanks in advance for any help you guys

A:I can't turn on "Intrusion Detection" on Norton Internet Security

bump.. I could really use some advice. I'm really paranoid about having a trojan

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I recall seeing someone (Cluberti maybe?) posting the steps required to permanently turn off this prompt on the Google page? Can anyone recall what they were?


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Hey Golden.

Check this link below.

Google Support - Delete Chrome Install prompt

Carry on.

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Good Afternoon,

I'd appreciate any help that I could receive for this issue. I'd like to preface this post by mentioning that I have searched these and other forums about this issue and have found people that have had similar problems, but I don't think they are explaining things properly/as clearly as they could be. I'm hoping that I could give a little more incite into what's happening.

My laptop has Windows 7 Ultimate x64. The power options are set to "High Performance" which means that the system never goes to "Sleep" whether it is plugged in or not. However, the display is set to "Turn Off" at 5 minutes on battery or 10 minutes while plugged in.

Here is the issue: After my system's display has "Turned Off" due to inactivity, I will hit a key or move my mouse to bring the display back. Sometimes (not all the time), the laptop display will remain inactive. However, I do have two external displays hooked up. When this problem occurs, I can see my cursor on the two external displays.

Now, in most posts, people say they fix the problem by restarting their computer. I've found a different fix that doesn't require a restart. I'm able to log into the system while the screen is still off (ctrl+alt+del, type in password, press enter). Once logged in, I can see my desktop on the two external screens, but not on my laptop's native display. I then hit ctrl+alt+del, and my laptop's native display returns from it's off state. I pr... Read more

A:Laptop Display Remains Off When Returning From "Turn Off" State

I've continued to see this issue. And my assumption was wrong - it doesn't rely on locking my computer. I have come back to my system after the display has turned off, shook the mouse, and the two external monitors come back, but the laptop display does not. The only thing I can think of doing at this point is to turn off the option where the monitors "turn off" after so long, even though that seems like such a waste. Maybe I'll see something funky when I do that though. If anyone has any thoughts, they would be very appreciated.


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I noticed that my start menu doesn't have a "Turn Off Computer" button/icon. Now I have to "Log Off" and then press "Turn Off Computer" to shut down my computer. It's strange because I am the administrative user (I checked).

Also, my internet has become slower... either the page takes awhile to load or it never loads at all!

On top of that, I keep getting these pop-up notices from my computer (Symantec, I think--even though I didn't even know it was working... I thought it was expired) that says, "System Alert! System has detected a number of active spyware software... etc." Normally that wouldn't alarm me, but it happens every 5 or 10 minutes! And it's never been that persistent before.

One last thing... I tried to run AdAware and Spybot, but in the middle of the scan, my computer shuts down and when it boots up again, it says it occurred some kind of problem, do I want to report it to Microsoft? This happened twice. Maybe it's irrelevant, but I just wanted to put it all out there.

Here is my HiJackThis Log... I hope you all can help, I appreciate it.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 3:43:20 AM, on 6/17/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16674)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
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A:no "Turn Computer Off" icon in start menu... amongst other problems...

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My desktop has possibly been infected with some malicious virus. I have notice slower speeds, an annoying flashing hourglass and I am not able to turn the firewall ON....I have read similar posts and have reinacted them but nothing has changed..I have Norton but not sure that is any good at this point...please help!!!! here is my hijack report.....
thank you for your time...


Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 8:12:42 PM, on 2/24/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Griffin Technology\PowerMate\PowerMate.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\ewido anti-malware\ewidoctrl.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Center\SymWSC.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\virus stuff_april\HijackThis.exe
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So I have a two years old Dell Inspiron 1564 which has been giving me a lot of trouble. It has however, never been this bad. I turned it off after it kept freezing and lagging and then it wouldn't turn back on. It got to the starting windows screen, had a flash of a blue screen and tried again. I tried to launch startup repair, but it won't do this either. It just shows me the cursor and the blue windows screen. I can move the cursor but that's it. F12 and F2 are not working either. It is kind of urgent so I hope someone can give me some advice here...


A:Dell Inspiron won't turn on beyond "starting Windows" screen

The hard drive has failed

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When I try to print, I get the "Turn Power off, then on again" error message on the printer's screen. Any ideas/fixes? Thanks a lot!

This does not happen all the time, but more and more often now.

PS- It is running on my Wireless Network Connection.

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As the title suggests, every time I open "turn windows features on or off" the box stays blank no matter how long I wait. I have tried several things and have searched for quite a long time for solutions, but to no avail. The things i've tried include; everything in the following - FIX Blank or Empty List in Vista Turn Windows Features On or Off (OptionalFeatures.exe), sfc /scannow, reg delete HKLM\COMPONENTS /v StoreDirty, and making sure Windows Modules Installer is running and set to manual. I'd appreciate any help and suggestions, thanks!

A:blank/empty list in "turn windows features on or off"

Is your windows install disk legit or one of those prepatched / preactivated from the torrents?

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Yesterday I had to make a trip to the hospital after suffering damage to my right eardrum as a result of horribly loud "background music" played by a profile on Hi5, and would like to ask for help from the members of this community before something like this happens again!

I have searched on-line (Google) and in the archives of this forum, as well as the Hi5 FAQ, naturally, but have found nothing at all that addresses this issue.

I would like to ask if anyone knows how to turn off the "background music" (I would call it by another name, but this is a family oriented forum, so let's leave it at that) that plays when I open some of the profiles on "Hi5." I was listening to my own music, which was playing rather softly (with the sound volume adjusted on WinAMP, not through the sound system itself), through headphones of my computer yesterday afternoon, and suddenly when I opened the profile of a friend's friend, and without any warning, music started blaring at such an incredible volume that I was literally stunned. It took a while before I was able to possess myself enough to throw my headphones (together with my glasses) off. After a hour the intense pain in my ears persisted and I ended up in the emergency room...

Now, I know about muting the system -- that is, turning off all of the sound by means of the little pop-up volume control switch. And I also know that I can adjust the sound levels by means of the Volume Control panel (i... Read more

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Hi, first post.

I can't follow the guidelines and put any information from the BSOD, because I can't boot my computer. However, I've taken a picture of the blue screen, if that's of any help.


This is the process up till the BSOD:
1. Turn on computer
2. "Windows failed to start"
3. I can then a) "Start windows normally" or b) "Launch startup repair (recommended)"
4. a) just reboots the PC into the same state
5. b) results in a BSOD seconds after. It's stays until I turn off computer,
6. The BSOD again:

Things I've tried:
1. Booting into safe mode (and any of the other fancy options after pressing F8). This is NOT possible. I press an option, and I see a BSOD for 0,1 second, and the PC reboots.
2. Booting from recovery disk. I enter BIOS and change booting order = it detects the disc, starts to "load windows files" = but goes into BSOD seconds after.

What is definitely causing this:
My Samsung 840 SSD. I've tried replacing it with my old WD 640gb hard disk, and the computer boots just fine.
HOWEVER, it has worked fine since I installed it in September 2013. I WANT TO STRESS: It has worked fine, with out ANY issues since September 2013 up until now.

Nothing strange has happened lately; no new software, no new hardware.. nothing. It was a little overheating a few days ago, because it didn't turn off correctly and I put it in my PC shoulder bag... Read more

A:Turn on PC - "Windows failed to start" - Launch startup repair - BSOD!

The Bugcheck code of 50 suggests a memory problem, but I have seen something similar on the same Samsung 840 EVO SSD that I solved by power-cycling the SSD. To do that, follow these steps:

1. Power off laptop, unplug power lead, and remove battery.
2. Press and hold down the on/off button for 30 seconds, then release
3. Open the laptop and disconnect the SSD
4. Press and hold the on/off button for another 30 seconds, then release
5. Reconnect SSD, close-up the laptop, reinsert battery, reconnect power lead.
6. Boot as normal

Report back if it helps or not.

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Was just wondering if anyone has encountered a problem like this before. I have a system that hangs when I click the "Turn Off Computer" icon in the Start Menu to gain access to the "Standby" "Turn Off" and "Restart" buttons. After I click the "Turn Off Computer" button it will just sit there for several minutes with the hourglass until finally the menu will come up. I fixed this once before by removing some things from startup. This time I fixed it by killing the googletaskbar.exe. I then uninstalled the Google Taskbar and rebooted and still did not have a problem but suddenly it has returned! I have no idea what is going on, there is really nothing obscure that is starting up on boot or running. Anyone have suggestions??

A:Windows XP hangs when clicking "Turn off Computer" button to bring up shutdown menu

The only two applications I have used since have been ThinkOrSwim and Telechart - both stock market applications. Don't know if this information would be relevant but thought I would add it in.

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The "Turn Off Computer" window pops up every few seconds (this is the window that you normally access from the "start" button - bottom left on the monitor). When this happens it only stays up for half a second and then it flashes off and all the icons on the desktop disappear for about 4-5 seconds and then they reappear. In addition to that my Norton Internet Secuity 2005 self shutdown (or don't start) at the beginning. I didn't download/launch any suspicious file but I begin to think it's a virus, and if so, how could I deal with it?

Thank you in advance.

A:"Turn Off Computer" window pops up every few seconds

Edit: If I run in safe mode I got some control over my computer but still I'm clueless

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In Internet Explorer which I only use for safe sites and testing (my main browser is Firefox) I am getting an annoying message which I can't get rid of - it comes back on every new page.

"Your current security settings put your computer at risk".

It's obscuring a not insignificant part of the screen, sometimes right over buttons and navigation features.

I am aware of the risk and do not need any more warnings. I have set exactly the security settings I need want and know what I am doing.
Found two solutions on Google - neither works.

How can I disable this for good?

A:Turn off warning "Your current security settings" in IE

Use this page - internet explorer 9 - IE9 keeps telling me that "Your security setting level puts your computer at risk" - Super User - you need to reboot before the fix works.

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Hello, I'm running a Dell Latitude D500 w/XP Pro and have installed SP. Now, everytime I boot I get this balloon that tells me my computer may be at risk. The thing is, it isn't. And if it was, I hate the balloons along with others that tell me other things.
The question, how do I shut that thing off? I can't find it anywhere in the Windows Security Alert section or Security Alerts section. Does anyone of you pros know how?
Thanks so much and may God bless you all!!

A:Solved: How to turn off "Your computer may be at risk" balloons...

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This is XP pro and some how the text next to the shut down button got changed. Anyone know how I can fix that?

See the attached image to see what I mean.

A:Solved: On login screen "Turn off other stuff"

Welcome to TSG!

Right click My Computer, click Properties
Click the Computer Name tab.
Delete the text in the Computer Description: box, which has extra stuff in it right now.

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Just got new Dell and Norton Anti-Virus. I need to TURN-OFF ad block feature in order to use a paid chat room that uses own emails and pop-ups etc. Can I do this safely without compromsing Norton Security and Firewall etc.? I tried once by "disabling" Norton and got virus etc. and needed repairs on PC.

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Having 2 partitions, one with XP Pro with sp3 and the other Win 7 Ultimate.

When running XP and when wanting to shut down,

Click 'Start' - 'Turn Off Computer...' It hangs then for awhile (approx 30/45 secs) before the box comes up ('Stand-by' - 'Shut Down' - 'Restart'). Once 'Shut down' is clicked, it shuts down reasonably quick.

Any Ideas


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Arrrgh! When I copy into certain folders I keep getting nagged that I have to get "Administrator permission to copy to this folder". I am the administrator and I know what I am doing.

Please before I go crazy with all this patronising nagging............. please tell me how to turn this off! It is a real pain in the neck...

A:Turn off warning "administrator permission to copy to "

Hello Martienne,

This is because system folders are protected. Windows does not allow anything to be copied into them directly from an external source, and doesn't allow anything to be copied into them from a local location (ex: your desktop or user folders) without you allowing it via a UAC prompt first.

The only way around this is to do this from within an elevated administrator account or to disable UAC completely. However, either one of these actions will cause you to no longer be able to open Metro Store apps until you reverse the action.

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable in Windows 8


User Account Control (UAC) - Elevate Privilege Level - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,

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I am running win98 se. the mother board is a S1590s Trinity 100AT . Thanks in advance for the help.

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have the latest AMD driver installed on my thinkpad but I loathe loading .NET 4 just to run CCC for one reason only: to disable varibright.
Anyone know what the registry key is for this? or some way to command-line turn off?

A:AMD ATI Radeon "Varibright": how to command-line turn off?

not sure if this will help, I assume you already tried this , I found that varibrite is software based ,so it can be disabled in the ati software ,this site shows how ,How to enable AMD? Vari-Bright? technology to save power

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I hate the monotone "you've got mail" and "you have X unread messages" audio alerts in Outlook 2003 and can't find a way to turn it off. I do want a tone to alert me to new mail but "Gunther" as I call him has got to go. Does anyone know how to turn him off?

A:Turn off Outlook 2003 "You've Got Mail" alert

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I have an Asus Q524U laptop.
Yesterday I received the Anniversary Update, and ever since then the Facial Recognition fails at login. I get the "Couldn't Turn On Camera" error message, and them I'm redirected to use my PIN for login.
Searches across the interwebz don't seem to provide much help beyond the typical "Make sure your drivers are up to date" repsonses (however I haven't sifted through them all, because the search turns up a bazillion results).
I have confirmed drivers are up to date. Even reinstalled them just to be sure. I deleted my facial recognition and PIN login settings, rebooted, then re-added my PIN login. However the setup for facial recognition fails at Couldn't Turn On Camera. The camera works with all the other software/apps. Just not for Windows Hello.
Anybody else experience this and able to fix it? Any help would be appreciated.

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I have an Acer Aspire M5 that I got a few weeks ago. I'm new to Windows 8. For the past week or so, every time I turn it on I get a message saying my PC ran into a problem that caused it to restart, then it lists these files, the same ones every time:


After that, this window pops up: Attachment 24311 Note: I've never actually gotten a blue screen.

That offers no help though, since my computer has Intel and not AMD. Also, it takes the computer at least 10 minutes to shut down. Not sure if that has anything to do with this. Other than those two things, it runs the same as it has been.

A:"Stop error" every time I turn my computer on

1, It seems like your WLAN driver is the culprit, update it:

Qualcomm Atheros AR5BWB222 Wireless Network Adapter
fffff880`05c3b000 fffff880`05fd4000 athw8x Mon Jan 21 11:56:10 2013 (50FD1ECA)
2, Uninstall the sptd driver (and Daemon tools too if you have it on your system) download and run the installation program to uninstall it:

SCSI Pass Through Direct
fffff880`01234000 fffff880`013a8000 sptd Sat Aug 18 23:05:38 2012 (503003A2)
3, Also update these drivers:

Intel(R) 7 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI Controller
fffff880`02081000 fffff880`0234b000 iaStorA Thu Aug 16 22:32:56 2012 (502D58F8)

EgisTec Inc. Fingerprint Biometrics
fffff880`0400c000 fffff880`0401f000 mwlPSDVDisk Fri Mar 25 08:12:23 2011 (4D8C4057)
fffff880`0401f000 fffff880`04027000 mwlPSDNServ Fri Mar 25 08:12:13 2011 (4D8C404D)
fffff880`04d9a000 fffff880`04da5000 mwlPSDFilter Fri Mar 25 08:12:11 2011 (4D8C404B)

aljj3onk - I have no idea what this is
fffff880`05234000 fffff880`05280000 aljj3onk Wed Dec 28 10:10:52 2011 (4EFADD1C)

Mobiola WebCamera for iPhone
fffff880`0535f000 fffff880`05363900 mobiolavs Wed May 05 10:46:39 2010 (4BE1306F)
fffff880`05364000 fffff880`0536e000 mobiolawave Thu Jan 28 13:50:41 2010 (4B618821)

Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000
fffff880`056f7000 fffff880`05c0f960 igdkmd64 Wed Sep 26 21:49:04 2012 (50635C30)

Broadcom NetLink (TM) Gigabit Ethernet
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Ive been trying to turn on MSMQ HTML Support through Window Features, but to no avail. I keep getting the error message "An error has occurred. Not all of the features were successfully changed" and then tells me to Restart my Computer, but still nothing has changed. I have all the other MSMQ's ticked, but just this one feature will not. I have also looked for other solutions(System Update Readiness Tool, Windows Updates, sfc /Scannow.) Nothing seems to be working.

I am using a Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and did a Clean Install.

A:Unable to turn on "MSMQ HTML Support"

Welcome to SF AnimeFreakLover. Please post detailed System Specs.

Do you have administrator rights?

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I know my administrator password, but don't want to have to enter it each time I start the p.c. (Win 2K operating system).

This problem seems to have affected the ability to change my home page through internet options - being informed that this function is locked and I must contact adminstrator!

I have run sfc /scannow using my Win 2K disk.

I would be grateful for any help you can give.

Thank you,

A:[Solved] How "turn off" administrator password facility

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Someone sent me a word doc and I also pulled it up on the web - both documents show the formatting codes.

Isn't there a way to toggle that off? It's distracting.

Link to web:,_2011.doc


A:Solved: Turn off "Reveal Codes" in MS Word?

Hi BratDawg,

Formatting codes are toggled on/off with the ¶ button in the Paragraph ribbon.

Or shortcut: CTRL and * aka CTRL + Shift + 8).


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I'm having a problem with it, and i can't find the Temperature Warning option in the BIOS as someone here mentioned before.. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

A:How do I turn off "Temperature Warning"in BIOS on a Toshiba A45?

If it is overheating then it should be dealt with and not ignored.

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When my wife's Gmail stopped receiving emails I discovered that it had saved almost 50,000 emails on the server. I need to turn the feature off but in the new format for Gmail, I can't find the button. I sure hope someone can help me.
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Basic, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5800 @ 2.00GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3061 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family, 448 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 225874 MB, Free - 96786 MB; D: Total - 9999 MB, Free - 3206 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0U990C
Antivirus: Norton Internet Security, Updated and Enabled

A:Need to Turn off "Leave Messages on Server" in Gmail

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Been using Windows 7 Pro for years. Never had this problem until I got this new laptop. Whenever I move a window, these "shadow windows" appear. I disabled "show windows contents while dragging," but this apparently is a different problem. See pic. Does anyone know how to get rid of these "shadow windows"?

A:Unable to turn off Windows 7 Pro "shadow panes"

Try unchecking Show shadow under windows and see.


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Can somebody just post the whole screenshots of "Turn Windows Features ON or OFF" dialog box with all the sub-sections and sub-boxes?
I just messed up with turning random features on and off. That's why I need them.
Thanks in Advance. :)

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Hi guys

I have disabled the search indexing service, & would like to know is it possible to disable the message bar that pops up every time I use advanced search.

"Your searches might be slow because the index is not running. Click to turn on the index..."


A:How to Disable "click to turn on the index" message

I think I have fixed your problem. Better late than never!

Go to your Folder Options (From any window directory menu) Tools=> Folder Options. (You may have to press the Alt key to view this menu.)

Search Options - Change or Restore

In the folder options dialogue go to "Search"

In "What to Search" Select "Always Search File Names..."

In "How to search" highlight "Dont use the index when searching..."


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Is there any way to turn off "Test Mode" in Vista x64 Ultimate?
Once upon a time I disabled driver signing through bcdedit /set nointegritychecks ON or bcdedit -set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS (don't remember anymore).
Now I would like to enable it back on, but can't.
As suggested; bcdedit -deletevalue loadoption or bcdedit /set nointegritychecks OFF/NO didn't work.

Also atempt to remove only the "test mode" watermark by overwriting user32dll.mui also didn't work. I managed to overwrite the file with changed files in bots system32 and syswow64, but nothing changed.

Can anyone please help?

A:How to turn OFF "Test Mode" in Vista x64 Ultimate

Hi Estugarda,

Did you do this to turn on driver signing check again?

1. Right click on CMD and click Run as administrator.
2. Type bcdedit.exe /set nointegritychecks ON and press Enter.
3. Restart computer.

You can turn off Test Mode by typing bcdedit /set testsigning off in the elevated command prompt above to.


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1. We are using Windows XP SP3.
2. When at work we are connected to the network through a wired connection.
3. When we are connected, we are still getting an annoying balloon over wireless ion in the taskbar tray saying, "Wireless Network cannot be found".

We need to shut this off. We do not care about wireless connections; we are on a wired network. We cannot find the right button or switch wiothin any software to make this happen. This is not a problem with the wireless because at home we connect wirelessly and have for years, without a problem. We just loaded Ipass at work today and this started up.

Thank you,


A:Turn off "Wireless Network cannot be found" message

Hi go to device manager How do I get into Windows Device Manager? and click on the + next to network adapters then right click on the wireless driver and choose disable

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In some web queries, there may not be data returned because it doesn't exist. I'd like to eliminate the warning that the web query returned no data in this event so it just continues to the next query . Is there a way to do that?

A:How do I turn off "Web Query Returned No Data Warning?"

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I've been using IE9 beta for a couple of months and have a minor issue concerning AutoComplete. I have it turned off via Internet Options. Every time I use IE9 to search for a website I get a pop-up at the bottom of my screen asking if I want AutoComplete to remember web form entries.

I used Option 3 to see if I needed to edit the AutoComplete registry entry but it's not even showing.

I have a habit of clearing cookies whenever I turn off my computer so I thought this pop-up was cookie related. It's not. It still shows up even if cookies have not been deleted. Is this just an annoying glitch in IE9 or do I need to configure some other setting?

A:Turn off "AutoComplete to remember web form entries" pop-up in IE

Hello Lee,

Not sure if just clicking on No in the pop-up alone would stop it from popping up again.

This tutorial is not really for that, but you might see if using step 2 in OPTION TWO may be able to stop the Auto Complete message from popping up again afterwards.

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I saw a forum like this before, but considering the fact that I'm really dumb with computers, I'm hoping someone can run me through what I'm supposed to do to fix the problem.

So pretty much, I'm having the same problem as I found here on this thread
The computer's just been reformatted with Windows XP Home Edition earlier this week and starting yesterday, I could not access the "Turn off Computer" in the Start Menu. I also do not have access to the "Run" option nor can I "Control+Atl+Del" (tells me it's been disabled by the administrator)

What do I do ?!

Thank you's in advance!

A:Solved: HELP! No "Turn off Computer" in Start Menu

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I really need your help. The last few times that I have booted up I have been "invited" to join a Hone Group with no option to turn them down. Now, via Control Panel I find that I am in at least one home group and that I cannot forbid them to read my files if I don't know their password. I don't know the password or who these people are.

I also seem to have no way to quit the Home Group.

This makes me more unhappy that you can believe. I'm using 64-bit Home Premium. Can you help me?


A:"invited" to join a HomeGroup with no option to turn them down

Click on the Homegroup then click on "Leave Homegroup". BTW, the only way you would have joined a Homegroup is by entering in the password, it is not automatic.

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I've been going crazy with this. We have a single computer here at work that no matter what I do the default for users is for the monitor to turn off after 20 minutes. Problem is, when it turns off it never comes back and you have to restart the computer.

Now I found one solution which says you need to set it for the built-in local admin and that should change it for all users but this doesn't work.

I was wondering if maybe there's a group policy that would allow me to force it to never power off? Or whatever else (maybe external software that I don't know of?).

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Setting monitor to never turn off on all users

You could try a temporary Administrator-setting of permissions on the following 2 Group Policy keys for 'Users' to Full Control, log in the user account, change Monitor shutdown to Never, then Administrator-setting the 'Users' permissions back again.

Be sure to change them back once you change the power management settings.




edit: I got this tip from here;

Note that you probably have to reboot after the Policy change to set the registry changes for the users (both times).

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Hi, when I go Display Properties>Screen Saver>Power, and set my monitor to turn off after a set number of mins, it works for the current session. When I next power on, though the setting is still set, It doesn't turn off. I have been trying to figure out why for ages. Anone have a clue what's up. Thanks, Combo.

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Hi everyone,

We have 20 Dell LCD monitors got burned out in our student lab. I dont want this to happen again to other monitors. I have an idea to have the monitors to be off after so many minutes when they are not in use.

I logged in as administrator and set the the monitors to turn off after 15 minutes (under power options properties) and they work fine. But then when the students logged in using their own accounts, the monitors didnt turn off. Can anyone tell me how to make these monitors turned off?; no matter who log in to the computers. These PCs are running on XP. Thank you so much!!!


A:Monitor setting / auto turn off on Win XP

Why dont you change the users settings ?

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last night i was working on my laptop, i realize my battery is low. so, i put it for charging..after a while i realized the battery is 75% charged so I disconnect it. and my laptop switches off.
later the laptop refused to turn i reconnected the charger and the laptop turned on with the light that displays charging status (white light near the  screen-keyboard intersection) starts flickering in a cycle of 5 times...4 times orange and 1 time white...and this cycle continues till i use the laptop.
and this message is displayed when i go to BATTERY HEALTH option "Your battery is temporarily disabled. Please turn off your computer and try again when the unit is back to the operational temperature" my laptop is outta warranty...what should i do ? kindly help

A:Dell XPS 15z : "Your battery is temporarily disabled. Please turn off your computer and try again when the unit is back to the operational temperature"

Welcome to the community.
I am sorry to read that you are having this trouble.  The battery failing is the most likely culprit but you should check to see if there are any problems with either the notebook or Ac adapter before rushing out and replacing the battery.
I would start by checking the bios, start the system tapping F2 to enter the bios, you can also tap F12 and choose bios from the menu.  Once in the bios look for the option for AC adapter warnings, if they are disabled enable them and save changes. If there is a problem with the adapter you should start getting errors about the adapter.
If the Adapter seems alright, disconnect the battery from the system and power down the notebook.  Wait an hour or so and then replace the battery and restart the system and see if you continue to get the message.   If you can run the notebook on battery only allow the battery to fully discharge and then charge it again and see if the problem returns.
I know that this may not be possible short of buying a new battery but if possible try a power adapter and battery and see if the problem continues.  This way you can find out if the problem follows the battery the ac adapter or the notebook.
Please let me know what you find out.

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I have an issue w/ my laptop freezing after coming back from the screen being turned off and I just can't figure out what is going on, this happens with both laptops I have, both running windows 7 home premium

I have my screen set to shut off after 5 minutes (sleep mode and turn off hard drive are both disabled it is ONLY to have the screen turn off). When I move the mouse to turn the screen back on it will sometimes start right up other times the whole system freezes up, you can't move the cursor not ctrl+alt+del, nothing.

There is no rhyme or reason to when this happens, sometimes there is nothing going on sometimes I'll have a page open, sometimes a program etc. I have also tried setting it so there is nothing running on startup

This happens either after a full restore with nothing at all installed and also after programs are installed. But if I turn off the "turn screen off" option and just use a screen saver I never have any problems. I prefer to have the screen turn off though.

Any ideas on what may be causing this or any fixes I can try.

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"Turn on Bitlocker" not in context menu for the data drive,but OS have it

A:"Turn on Bitlocker" not in context menu

You could go to Control Panel > BitLocker. You should see all drives there.

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I want to automate four steps to change the time it takes to turn off the display. I do this at least twice a day. Instead of going through the four steps: personalize, screen saver, change power settings, change when the computer sleeps and then turn off display, I made a new shortcut and copied the line on top [screenshot enclosed] which made the target C:\Windows\System32\control.exe Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options\Edit Plan Settings. I clicked it but it didn't work. Any idea how to create the shortcut? I change this at least twice daily.

A:Creating a shortcut to "turn off display"

Hello pxfragonard,

If you like, you could create two separate power plan shortcuts (ex: High Performance and Balanced) using the tutorial below. Afterwards, change the settings in these power plans to what you want, and have the "Turn off display" set differently in each power plan. This way you could quickly change power plans by clicking on the shortcut for what power plan settings you want to use at the time.

Power Plan - Create Shortcut to Change Power Plan

Hope this helps,

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I went to a webpage and the flash player started playing an ad on that page. In the player window it says "Autoplay On" (see attached). How do I turn that to "off"? I don't want junk ads playing automatically.
I looked in the Control Panel --> Flash Player --> Settings but I did not see any setting for this.

Thank you

A:How To Turn off "Autoplay" on Adobe Flash

It's normally set on the webpage to auto so you have no control over it unless you disable flash in the browser

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Just built a new rig, having this issue with my Gigabyte 7970 GHz Edition.

In my power settings I have it set to turn the monitor off after 15 minutes. The issue is that when I return to my computer, it doesn't regain the connection.
Tested with both HDMI and DVI inputs, same issue. Doesn't matter if I disconnect and reconnect the monitor, nothing. Only way to solve it is by forcing a restart.

Full system specs:

ASRock X79 Extreme6
Intel i7-3930k
Corsair Vengeance 8GB
Gigabyte 7970 GHz
Silverstone 750w PSU
Crucial M4 128GB SSD
Seagate 2TB HDD.

A:Not regaining connection after "turn screen off after..."

Try creating a new power plan - to make it easier to test, set "turn off monitor" to 2 minutes. Reboot

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How do I get the normal XP style "Turn off Computer" dialog window to display - the one that shows Standby, Turn Off and Restart text with their icons, and a small cancel button at the bottom-right?

I run an XP Pro SP3. After much muddling between classic and XP style displays, I left things with an XP control panel, taskbar, start menu, etc. But I have "Shutdown" at the bottom of the Start Menu instead of "Turn Off Computer", and the shutdown window is much closer to Windows Classic with a drop-down menu.

How does one fix this?

A:Help: XP Style "Turn off Computer" not showing

I am not sure if what I will be saying is the one you are trying to do but you may try it and change it back if that's not what you meant...

Open User Accounts in Control Panel, click on Change the way users log on or log off, click on Use the Welcome Screen.

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Probably like many members of this forum I usually have multiple programs open at one time. I have a couple of chat programs open, probably a word document or two or spreadsheet, Firefox - with usually at least a dozen tabs open and likely a program to edit or render video. I am pretty satisfied with windows 7 but there is one think I want to change. When I get a new message from a chat program, or when a video is finished rendering, or there are new updates for some program, I DON"T want the computer interrupting what I am doing. It is ok if it blinks in the lower bar...but I don't want it commandeering the cursor and sending all of the words that I am typing to the program in control. I have sent some pretty strange - and embarrassing - messages that way. How can I stop it? I don't want a computer to try to think for me

A:Can I turn the automatic "interrupt" option off?

Hi pengyou,

Can you update your profile please, it states you have XP & 98 but you are asking about Windows 7? Thanks.

Could you mention some programs that cause your issue? It sounds more like an application issue than an OS layer issue. For example, some applications will flash on the bar but others will pop to the front.

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(sorry if this is in the wrong area)

My "turn windows features on and off" box is blank. this is a known error with many 'solutions' that have not worked in my case.

I've reinstalled win7 prof. x64 twice (for a total of 3 installs). somewhere along the line of installing my standard programs 9all of which work, no issues, ect.) my "turn windows features on and off" box will go blank. I tried figuring out what program triggered this behavior by reinstalling and restarting after every program installed and checking the box. it was a different program that triggered the event from reinstall 1 to reinstall 2. so, that's telling me it's not a specific program that's triggering it.

anyway, I don't have 2 hours to reinstall windows and my programs every night, so I'd like to know if there is a workaround (ie registry entries) that I can edit to enable features and programs. from my understanding of how "turn windows features on and off" works, it must only be changing a registry entry or editing a config file that tells the OS not to load those features, as in the documentation, it states that the programs and features are not uninstalled, they're just disabled.

so, is there a group of registry entries or config file that the "turn windows features on and off" dialog edits that I can access manually?
additionally, I'm really not interested in trying to fix the box. I'm interested in turning the TIFF image parser on, IE8 off, and windows... Read more

A:Bypassing "turn windows features on and off"

Well yes, I'd have to if this is a legit OS. The only thing I can think of is that it's a badly pirated copy. Maybe try /sfc scannow from a cmd prompt. Maybe someone more knowledgeable has a better idea.

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Hi there, recently recieved a virus on my laptop, I'm pretty sure my McAffee has got rid of it but now I constantly have pop ups and cannot turn on the Windows Defender Automatic updates- I also cannot download any updates directly from Microsoft. Please help as this is soooooo frustrating!! Many thanks!!

A:Cannot turn on " automatic updates" Windows XP

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"Turn on Bitlocker" not in context menu of the data drive.My OS drive have the option.

A:"Turn on Bitlocker" not in context menu

Hi, have you configured bitlocker on the data drive? If so is it just that it does not show on the right click context menu? to configure bitlocker:-

Scenario 2: Turning On BitLocker Drive Encryption on a Fixed or Removable Data Drive (Windows 7)

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When I put my computer to sleep and wake it up it always asks for my password. Since I'm the only user on this computer and it's set to autologon on startup it's of no use to have the password prompt when returning from sleep.

But how can I turn this off? The "Require password on wakeup" in Power settings is grayed out so I can't change it.

A:How to turn off "Require password on wakeup"?

Hi laxu,

Click the start orb and type Power Options into the search box and press enter/return. Click on Require a password on wakeup. The following screen will appear.

Click on Change settings that are currently unavailable and, after providing administrative credentials, the following screen will appear.

The option you require is Don't require a password, so select that option and then click Save changes and then close the dialogue boxes.

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A:When I turn on my pc it says "operating system not found" how do I fix this

Hello Claky, plase post more info, like your specs, when this started to happion, how old is your comuter, and what os were you running

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Hi, I have a Seagate internal hard drive installed in an Ultra housing so I am using it as an external drive. I have that connected using USB 2.0. My operating system is Windows XP SP2. I have music and pictures on the external drive and keep it off most of the time. The problem is when ever I turn the hard drive on Windows does an "Autoplay" and scans the complete drive. This is starting to take longer and longer as I add content to the drive. When the scan is complete a window opens with this at the top " This disk or device contains more then one type of content. What do you want Windows to do?" There is no option to never scan, only the option to open programs or files or "do nothing". Is there anyway to turn off the "Autoplay" feature?

Thanks for your help!


A:Solved: How to turn off "Autoplay" for external HD

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I just reinstalled my laptop... and there is a problem, it required a smart card to do a lot of thing, i want to turn it off. But i can't, i tried to search the solution on Google, they told me to go to
gpedit.msc in search
box which i don't have one, it says "Windows cannot find
gpedit.msc", so i can't disable it.
Is there any other way i can turn the smart card off ?? 
Thank you :)

A:Turn off the "Connect a smart card"

Sorry for the delay reply
May I know how you reinstall your laptop?
Did you connected to domain office environment? If yes you need to contact your IT administrator
We can try to delete the registry, please backup registry before perform this
go to regedit find the key "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\system"
find scforceoption right click and delete
Andy Nugraha
TechNet Community Support

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this is more of an annoyance than a real problem but I'd sure like to know how to stop it from happening.

I work for a small company, doing Technical support. We have three of four applications that I have to open every day, programs written internally by our programming department. The programs sit out on a server, but I have a local shortcut and confuguration file to run them over the Network. Every time I close and re-open these programs, I get the infernal warning message:

"The Publisher could not be verified. Are you sure you want to run this software?"
Underneath is the message "this file does not have a valid digital signature that verifies its publisher. You should only run software from publishers that you trust"

I have to click "run" to get it to launch, and it opens fine. It just irks me that I can't figure out how to tell Windows to quit bothering me and just open the program!

Is there not some place where I can go and tell Windows which programs to open it every time, and add it to a trusted list somehow?

A:turn off "Publisher could not be verified" message

thanks !! that seems to have worked, that means any .exe file will run without prompting.
I'm a bit surprised there's no method to selectively choose individual .exe files, like a firewall program can do.

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I'm not talking about thumbnail previews since I've got Aero turned off. I'm talking about the annoying little box that pops up when I hover over an application in the taskbar. It's just a litte box with the icon and title of the window and since I don't group applications on my taskbar, it's unnecessary and annoying. Any ideas on how to turn these off?

A:Turn off taskbar "popups" (not thumbnails)

Anyone? Does anyone know what the feature is called so maybe I can google it?

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I need help to restore the Turn off Computer button in the start menu. I had a single user account and did not need to log in to the computer. One fine morning I find that the Turn off Computer icon has vanished from the start menu! Moreover, I cant press ctrl+alt+del to start the task manager, it says "Task Manager has been disabled by your Administrater". My account was an administrator account with full privileges, but it got changed to a debugger account.
I created another user account with administrator rights, logged into that account and changed the properties of my original account to full administrative account, but when I logged back on to my old account, I still find that the situation is still the same.
The only way I can switch off my computer is by logging off, and then selecting the Turn Off option in the logoff screen, which is tedious and of course irritating.
Can someone please suggest some remedy for this problem?
A lot of thanks in advance.

A:No "Turn off Computer" in Start Menu

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I've always had a flawless connection between my Xbox 360 (wired to wireless router) and my laptop (wireless) for listening to music, etc. But it hasn't been working today. I have all the recommended ports open and even turned off my firewall and attempted to connect, and it still wouldn't connect. The 360 connects to my network, the Internet, and Xbox Live fine but not to my PC. My media streaming settings were set for "Allow" and all my sharing options were turned on. So then I decided to turn off my Homegroup (which I don't even use; I have no idea why it was on) and then I found that media streaming was now turned off. So I figured that maybe it had been turned off the whole time, but was masked somehow by the Homegroup. But now I have a problem--I cannot turn media streaming back on. The button to turn it on is clickable, but clicking it does nothing but keep me on the same screen with nothing changing. Sometimes it will turn gray as if it's doing something, but it goes back to its normal clickable state. I saw this post (which is essentially the same problem, but I can't even get media streaming to turn on) but I don't know if going through a Clean Boot and switching the Services on one-by-one will help. What would be the easiest way to fix this?

A:"Turn on media streaming" does not work

Okay, by doing a system restore I fixed this. I can now switch it on and off with ease. But the problem remains--I still cannot connect the two. I can connect the 360 to the network and to Windows Media Center on this PC, but not to the actual PC itself. I have all the ports open on the firewall and all the sharing options correct, and all my sharing Services are running and set to Automatic. Any ideas?

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How do I turn off the annoying "clunk" sound when the "download complete" dialog box pops up? I'm using IE7 and XP.

A:How do I turn off "Download Complete" sound?


Welcome to TSG!

In the Control Panel, open Sounds and Audio Devices then go to the Sounds tab.

In the Program events section highlight Asterisk. Then in the Sounds section below, select (None) from the drop down window. Click Apply, then OK.

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i'm running winXP pro, and when i go to shutdown my computer, and i click my start menu and go to "Turn Off Computer" i am presented with 3 options...

1. Standby
2. Turn Off
3. Restart

clicking "Restart" reboots my computer normally... however, my problem now is that when i click "Turn Off", my computer is not powered down anymore, but rather it is rebooted, JUST like if i had clicked "Restart"... so i can't properly shutdown my comptuer anymore...

does anyone have any idea how to fix this?... any help is appreciated... thanks...

- Gigs

A:Selecting "TURN OFF" only RESTARTS compuer.

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I have an Asus Q524U laptop.
Yesterday I received the Anniversary Update, and ever since then the Facial Recognition fails at login. I get the "Couldn't Turn On Camera" error message, and them I'm redirected to use my PIN for login.
Searches across the interwebz don't seem to provide much help beyond the typical "Make sure your drivers are up to date" repsonses (however I haven't sifted through them all, because the search turns up a bazillion results).
I have confirmed drivers are up to date. Even reinstalled them just to be sure. I deleted my facial recognition and PIN login settings, rebooted, then re-added my PIN login. However the setup for facial recognition fails at Couldn't Turn On Camera. The camera works with all the other software/apps. Just not for Windows Hello.
Anybody else experience this and able to fix it? Any help would be appreciated.

A:Windows Hello "Couldn't turn on camera"

Did not know Asus Q524U had Windows Hello capable camera?? Did it work before AU??
Looks like there were some issues with webcams: How To Fix Windows 10 Webcam Issue After Anniversary Update Windows 10 Anniversary Update breaks most webcams | Ars Technica UK
Not sure if that was for the USB cameras or broke the internal cams as well...

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Around 9:10, I told my desktop computer to shutdown. It went to a "Getting Windows ready / Don't turn off your computer"

At 9:33, it was still going with no progress update, and it suddenly turned off. When I turned it back on, there were no new updates installed.

It's done something like this at least once before. Any clue why it takes so long with no status updates. I don't recall my laptop ever doing this.

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Windows 2000 pro ... how do i get rid of this message. I want to be able to shut down my computer and have it shut down all the way with out having to wait and do it myself. Every time i shut down, i have to wait for this message and manually turn the pc off.

A:win2k "its now safe to turn off your computer"

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