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Cannot "Stand By"

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Paul H, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. Paul H

    Paul H Flightless Bird

    I installed a fresh copy of XP Pro on an old (2002) HP laptop, from the same
    upgrade CD that was originally installed on it. I've run all of the Windows
    Updates. Now I have a strange symptom. When I click Start, then "turn off
    computer", the small box that appears has "standby" dimmed out (not
    available). So my choices are shut down or restart. How do I fix this?
    TIA, Paul
     
  2. Rey Santos

    Rey Santos Flightless Bird

    Check your Device Manager if your video controller is not marked with red or
    yellow exclamation mark. A greyed out Standby button is usually indicative of
    a video driver problem. Reinstall or update your video driver and see if that
    solves the problem.

    --
    Rey


    "Paul H" wrote:

    >
    > I installed a fresh copy of XP Pro on an old (2002) HP laptop, from the same
    > upgrade CD that was originally installed on it. I've run all of the Windows
    > Updates. Now I have a strange symptom. When I click Start, then "turn off
    > computer", the small box that appears has "standby" dimmed out (not
    > available). So my choices are shut down or restart. How do I fix this?
    > TIA, Paul
    >
    > .
    >
     
  3. Paul H

    Paul H Flightless Bird

    Rey, you were right! A driver re-install and a re-boot, and the "standby"
    is back. And another problem - my IE "rippled" when scrolling down now
    scrolls smooth.
    Thank you!
    Paul (an incorrigible top-poster)


    "Rey Santos" <ReySantos@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:7129B4DC-4617-4330-BF56-3B5990DBECE7@microsoft.com...
    Check your Device Manager if your video controller is not marked with red or
    yellow exclamation mark. A greyed out Standby button is usually indicative
    of
    a video driver problem. Reinstall or update your video driver and see if
    that
    solves the problem.

    --
    Rey


    "Paul H" wrote:

    >
    > I installed a fresh copy of XP Pro on an old (2002) HP laptop, from the
    > same
    > upgrade CD that was originally installed on it. I've run all of the
    > Windows
    > Updates. Now I have a strange symptom. When I click Start, then "turn
    > off
    > computer", the small box that appears has "standby" dimmed out (not
    > available). So my choices are shut down or restart. How do I fix this?
    > TIA, Paul
    >
    > .
    >
     
  4. M.I.5¾

    M.I.5¾ Flightless Bird

    "Paul H" <NoSpamphobergNoSpam@att.net> wrote in message
    news:eWXwjBbmKHA.5040@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >
    >
    > Rey, you were right! A driver re-install and a re-boot, and the "standby"
    > is back. And another problem - my IE "rippled" when scrolling down now
    > scrolls smooth.
    > Thank you!
    > Paul (an incorrigible top-poster)
    >


    Which indicates that XP was using a generic driver that was unable to
    exploit the acceleration features of the graphics processor.

    >
    > "Rey Santos" <ReySantos@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:7129B4DC-4617-4330-BF56-3B5990DBECE7@microsoft.com...
    > Check your Device Manager if your video controller is not marked with red
    > or
    > yellow exclamation mark. A greyed out Standby button is usually indicative
    > of
    > a video driver problem. Reinstall or update your video driver and see if
    > that
    > solves the problem.
    >
    > --
    > Rey
    >
    >
    > "Paul H" wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> I installed a fresh copy of XP Pro on an old (2002) HP laptop, from the
    >> same
    >> upgrade CD that was originally installed on it. I've run all of the
    >> Windows
    >> Updates. Now I have a strange symptom. When I click Start, then "turn
    >> off
    >> computer", the small box that appears has "standby" dimmed out (not
    >> available). So my choices are shut down or restart. How do I fix this?
    >> TIA, Paul
    >>
    >> .
    >>

    >
     
  5. Paul H

    Paul H Flightless Bird

    Now my remaining problem is speed. The disk light flashes constantly when I
    run something, so I think my 512kb memory is not enuf - I probably should
    got to 1gb, the max this laptop will tolerate. Any other ideas. Once upon
    a time this laptop ran fine with 512.

    "M.I.5¾" <no.one@no.where.NO_SPAM.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:4b56deb3$1_1@glkas0286.greenlnk.net...

    "Paul H" <NoSpamphobergNoSpam@att.net> wrote in message
    news:eWXwjBbmKHA.5040@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >
    >
    > Rey, you were right! A driver re-install and a re-boot, and the "standby"
    > is back. And another problem - my IE "rippled" when scrolling down now
    > scrolls smooth.
    > Thank you!
    > Paul (an incorrigible top-poster)
    >


    Which indicates that XP was using a generic driver that was unable to
    exploit the acceleration features of the graphics processor.

    >
    > "Rey Santos" <ReySantos@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:7129B4DC-4617-4330-BF56-3B5990DBECE7@microsoft.com...
    > Check your Device Manager if your video controller is not marked with red
    > or
    > yellow exclamation mark. A greyed out Standby button is usually indicative
    > of
    > a video driver problem. Reinstall or update your video driver and see if
    > that
    > solves the problem.
    >
    > --
    > Rey
    >
    >
    > "Paul H" wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> I installed a fresh copy of XP Pro on an old (2002) HP laptop, from the
    >> same
    >> upgrade CD that was originally installed on it. I've run all of the
    >> Windows
    >> Updates. Now I have a strange symptom. When I click Start, then "turn
    >> off
    >> computer", the small box that appears has "standby" dimmed out (not
    >> available). So my choices are shut down or restart. How do I fix this?
    >> TIA, Paul
    >>
    >> .
    >>

    >
     
  6. M.I.5¾

    M.I.5¾ Flightless Bird

    "Paul H" <NoSpamphobergNoSpam@att.net> wrote in message
    news:-O8aKtodmKHA.2164@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >
    > Now my remaining problem is speed. The disk light flashes constantly when
    > I
    > run something, so I think my 512kb memory is not enuf - I probably should
    > got to 1gb, the max this laptop will tolerate. Any other ideas. Once
    > upon
    > a time this laptop ran fine with 512.
    >


    512M is generally considered adequate for Windows XP, but few would disagree
    that 1G is better. A lot depends on what apps you run.
     

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