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Hard Drive Won't Shut Down For Standby Mode

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#1 larch


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Posted 06 January 2007 - 04:44 PM

The Problem Before(Probably somewhat irrelevant, but...):
I had a problem before with my hard drive not turning off when I shut down my computer. It would continue to spin while the "...Shutting Down..." log off screen stayed on. After removing Spy Sweeper and cleaning my PC from a few viruses, I have resolved that problem.

The Problem Now:
However, I still have a problem with the hard drive not wanting to shut down after a specified amount of time.

My power scheme settings are currently:
10 Minutes, turn off screen.
10 minutes, turn off hard disks.
30 minutes, system standby
1 hour, hibernation.

With these settings my PC only gets as far as turning off the screen, but the hard drive quietly spins and won't stop after 10 minutes (or an hour or more).
But, if I have it set to a shorter time, such as:
5 minutes, screen off.
5 minutes, hard drive off.
15 minutes, system standby
30 minutes, hibernation.
It will go through the whole process without a problem.

I can also manually put the computer into standby mode without a problem and from there it will go into hibernation. It just seems that it won't go into system standby automatically with longer power scheme settings.

Thanks for any help and your time!

PS -
I'm running Win XP Home, SP2
I have a Dell Inspiron 8500 laptop w/ a 40GB Hitachi HDD.

Edited by larch, 06 January 2007 - 04:58 PM.

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#2 Albert Frankenstein

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 04:53 PM

Welcome to Bleeping Computer! :thumbsup:

After removing Spy Sweeper and cleaning my PC from a few viruses, I have resolved that problem.

What makes you think your computer is entirely clean now?

Currently home chillin' with the fam and my two dogs!

#3 larch

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 04:57 PM

Thanks for the welcome!

I posted in another forum about some virus problems that I had. Someone took a look at my High Jack This log and walked me through some steps to get it cleaned up. I used Avast AV, AVG Anti-malware, Spybot-SD, and a couple of other things. He said that I should be ok now.

Here are the links to the two threads from the other site:
Link 1 (HD problem)
Link 2 (Virus problem)

Edited by larch, 06 January 2007 - 05:18 PM.

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 09:13 AM

Sometimes the removal of a virus won't remove everything that it left on your hard drive - so at times the cure may appear worse than the virus itself.

It seems to me that something is trying to access your hard drive and that keeps it active. Your settings may also have been corrupted internally, but aren't visible in the interface.

There's lot's of ways to proceed with this, but the simplest would be to first run SFC.EXE /SCANNOW from the Run dialog ( http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/43051/how-to-use-sfcexe-to-repair-system-files/ )

If that doesn't work, then I'd try a repair install of XP (it'll leave your programs and data intact): http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

Finally, your drivers could also be damaged, so I'd suggest uninstalling them - then reinstalling them with fresh copies from the manufacturer's website.
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