How to get "Standby" to re-appear on the Shutdown menu!

Question

How do I get the Standby option to re-appear on my shutdown menu?

Answer

This question was answered on February 9, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Before I tell you how to get this option back, it is important to know that re-introducing the Standby option into your configuration may cause the system to not operate properly The power management portion of Windows has been the root of many problems, including the all too common "not coming back to life when I wiggle the mouse or press the keys on the keyboard" complaint that we hear constantly.

The fact that is no longer on the menu may be a result of one of the following scenerios:

- When you received the following message, you clicked Yes:

The last few times your computer went on standby it stopped responding Would you like to prevent your computer from going on standby in the future?

- Your computer stopped responding while in standby mode two times consecutively.

- Advanced Power Management (APM) is not configured properly in your computer's Basic Input/Output System (BIOS)

Here are the steps to bringing the Standby option back to your Shutdown menu:

1 Right-click on the My Computer icon and select the Properties option from the dialog box.

2 Click the Device Manager tab, and then double-click the System Devices branch to expand it.

3 Verify that there is an Advanced Power Management Support entry under the System Devices branch If this entry is present, click it, click Remove, restart your computer, and then skip to step 4 If this entry is not present, use the following steps:

A Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Add New Hardware

B Follow the instructions on the screen to finish the Add New Hardware wizard If this wizard successfully detects and installs support for APM, do not continue with the remaining steps in this article If this wizard does not successfully detect and install support for APM, your issue may be related to problems with your hardware, and Microsoft recommends you contact your hardware manufacturer for further assistance

4 Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Add New Hardware.

5 Follow the instructions on the screen to finish the Add New Hardware wizard If this wizard successfully detects and installs support for APM, continue to step 6 If this wizard does not successfully detect and install support for APM, your issue may be related to problems with your hardware, and Microsoft recommends you contact your hardware manufacturer for further assistance

6 Restart your computer, and then test to determine if the issue is resolved by clicking Start, and then clicking Shut Down If the issue is resolved, do not continue with the remaining steps in this article If the issue is not resolved, continue to step 7

7 Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click System

8 Click the Device Manager tab, double-click the Floppy Disk Controllers branch to expand it, click Standard Floppy Disk Controller, and then click Remove.

9 Restart your computer Note that when you do so, Windows automatically detects your floppy disk controller, and the SuspendFlag entries in the registry are reset

10 Test to determine if the issue is resolved by clicking Start, and then clicking Shut Down If the issue is resolved, do not continue with the remaining steps in this article If the issue is not resolved, continue to step 11

11 If you are on a network, contact your network administrator before performing this step

NOTE: Note that you should make a backup copy of the registry files (System.dat and User.dat) before you edit the registry

WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall Windows 98 Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

Use "Regedit" to view the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\VXD\VPOWERD

Verify that there is a "Flags" value and a "SuspendFlag" value If these values do not exist, quit Registry Editor, and contact your hardware manufacturer for further assistance If these values exist, verify that the data value of the "Flags" value is greater than or equal to 200 If it is, modify the data value of the "Flags" value by subtracting 200 from the current value For example, if the value is currently 310, change it to 110 Change the data value of the "SuspendFlag" value to 0 if it is not already 0

12 Restart your computer.

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Posted by Ken of Data Doctors on February 9, 2001