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Disable Power Button To Turn Off Pc

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#1 deanpcmad


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Posted 19 November 2007 - 09:15 AM


I don't know whether this is in the right forum but:

How do I disable the Power Button for turning off the PC when it is held because my brother holds the button to turn the PC off and I say that he shouldn't otherwise he can ruin the PC.
I have had a look in the BIOS and it doesn't say anything about disabling the power button!



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Posted 19 November 2007 - 06:22 PM

For XP
Click on control panel, double click on power options, select advanced.
There you will see several options. I suggest you choose "hibernate" or "do nothing".
I use hibernate all the time and it is much faster to boot up from hibernate.

Edited: I wrote task manager but should have said control panel. Hope this didn't cause you too much pain.

Edited by buddy215, 20 November 2007 - 07:52 AM.

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 06:50 PM

I don't think there is a way to accomplish this by changing a setting. As I understand it, the whole "hold down the power button to kill the power" thing is built in to motherboards.

You could simply disconnect the power button from the MB. Of course that would mean that you couldn't use it to start the computer. Many modern MB's have options to start the computer via different methods. Mine, for example, can be set to start up when I press the space bar. The only caveat is that if there is a power outage, then the space bar thing won't work until after it's been turned on again one time.

So here's an idea: disconnect the power switch on the front bezel. Go down to Radio Shack and buy a cheap switch. Install the new switch somewhere really inconvenient, like somewhere on the I/O panel and connect the power switch lead from the motherboard to it. Then, if you want to/your motherboard supports it, you can set it to start up by pressing the space bar, moving the mouse, etc.

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 03:12 AM

I don't know the level of you tech skills but there is another option. Disconnect the switch form the motherboard switch header and add one on the rear of the tower and wire it to the switch header. The switch is a momentary type that you can get from any electronics parts store. Or you could simply threaten you sibling with a fate worse than death.

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 06:52 AM

Try right clicking on the Desktop and left click Properties. Select Screen Saver and click the Power Settings button. Under Advanced you can select what the Power Button will do when pushed.

I think this is where buddy215 was speaking of.

There are sometimes settings in BIOS that will also select what the button will do.


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