power button not always powering off pc

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I have a Systemax PC w/550 AMD Athlon processor. For the last month or so, when I shut down Win98 2nd Ed. the PC doesn't actually turn off every time. Maybe every 3rd or 4th time, it stays on (black screen). When this happens, the front power button won't turn it off either. I have to toggle that switch in the back of the PC by the power cord. I'm familiar with the hanging on "Windows is shutting down, please wait" problem, but this isn't the same thing. Any ideas? Kimmer
 
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This is not a complete fix but to turn it off from the front, you should be able to hold the power button in for 4 seconds and it will turn off.
 
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We have this power off problem ALOT in our office! There are several things I have tried. Some help, but some do not. My PC still only powers down correctly about 60% of the time, and I've put every fix known to man on it. I even updated the BIOS and that didn't work. It is a known problem with Microsoft 98SE, so it might be just something you'll have to live with. But you can press and hold your power button in for 4 or 5 seconds until it powers down, but I think someone already mentioned that.

Here are some things you can try:

If you are running Norton Antivirus, turn off the floppy boot scan at shutdown:
http://service4.symantec.com/SUPPOR...09cad39bc45cdea188256a220027ab83?OpenDocument

And here is a fix Microsoft offers:
http://support.microsoft.com/suppor...problems&rnk=7&src=DHCS_MSPSS_gn_SRCH&SPR=W98

Microsoft also suggests that if you have more than 8 mapped drives, this can also cause shutdown problems.

If you are connected to a LAN, and your network connections aren't closing correctly, this can also cause problems.

Good Luck!
 
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Oops! It didn't post the entire link for the web sites.

The Microsoft fix is in Article Q260067

and you can find the Norton fix at symantec.com if you search their knowledge base for "disable floppy drive scan"
 

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Thanks for the ideas. I'll try the Norton first, as I do have that running. Kimmer
 
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