Posted 10 December 2010 - 12:15 PM
It's possible the setting just needs to be changed in your power settings.
Open up control panel > power options.
Click on the "Alarms" tab on top.
Click on the "Alarm Action" button underneath critical battery alarm. Here you will have the option of having the computer hibernate, stand by, or shutdown completely. There is also the option to force Windows to shutdown any open programs in order to shutdown.
To prevent loss of data on things you are working on, I suggest setting the low level alarm a few % higher than the critical to allow yourself enough time to either save data, or plug in to AC power before the computer shuts itself down.
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