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Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2001 - 5:49 am:   

Ever since updating from win.95 to 98SE my PC has had the usual shutting down probs. After trying various patches from M.soft I am now left with the power on light remaining on and the processor fan still operating.
I have tried reinstalling and rebooting.
All works well with 95 only on upgrading does the prob occur.
Ria Jones
Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2001 - 8:22 am:   

Have you done a thorough search of the registry? Go to and ask them...they know a lot about computer troubleshooting.
Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2001 - 8:31 am:   

This might seem kind of long winded, but this problem seems to be prevalent with no specific solution.

The shutdown problems of 98 seem to be very common and also a royal pain in the butt. I always just considered myself lucky for never having this problem, especially as much as I like to dink around with things. But then it finally got me. In my brief browsing around looking for a solution, this was my take on the subject.

You see many help sites with endless suggestions on the topic, which usually go something like this, ...and if that doesn't work...try this...and if that doesn't work...etc. Many users report that the MS patch did not work for them. (Not what I'd call a patch) I tend to think the upgrades of the OS (eg. 95 to 98SE) are more prone than a clean install, unless it initiates in the Windows installation setup options. I only select the custom option and never install all the fluff and useless stuff that Windows will install with default. Then after install, immediately start cleaning out what you didn't have the option of, or MS insists on installing anyway. Just a theory, since I never really put any thought into a MS problem I didn't have. I just included this for anyone that continues to not find a solution.

This started for me right after installing a SoundBlaster Live card. Here's what worked for me.

In Control Panel...System...Device Manager...In the properties for "Creative SB16 Emulation"...the Settings tab has an option (checkbox) that says, "Allow LPT Interrupt Sharing" and I unchecked the box (which was checked by default) and that was the last I saw of that problem, until I reformatted my drive and with a fresh setup, that option was enabled again. Unchecked the box...problem gone again. Maybe this just worked in my case, but sound card/modem/wave device are such common culprits of so many problems, but I haven't seen anything that points this way.

Hopefully this will help you out, because otherwise, it could drive you crazy in the process.

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