First post, by feipoa
My Gateway Athlon Slot A system has 4 operating systems installed: NT4, W2K, XP, w98se. When I shutdown Windows 98SE, the system powers of using the operating systems standard shutdown procedure. I do not need to physically press the power button. In W2K and XP, when I go to shutdown, I need to hold the power button down for 5 seconds for the system to shutoff. Is there any way to force W2K and XP to soft shutdown?
In W2K, I have tried switch the Standard PC HAL to the ACPI uniprocessor free one, but that resulted in a system that would not boot. I swapped the HAL file back to the standard pc one and am able to boot again, but I still cannot soft shutdown.
I've read online that this feature can be added in the Control Panel - Power Options - APM tab for systems that do not support ACPI, but that tab is missing. Is there a way to add it? When I look through the Add New Hardware feature of W2K, there is this option for "NT Apm/Legacy Interface Node", but I am not sure if this is the correct APM feature of if it will render the system unbootable.
I am using the latest BIOS from Gateway for this motherboard, which is a KAD SELECT, aka "Kadoka". BIOS version is 0AASNP06. The only power options in the BIOS are to either enable or disable "Power Management Support", with a secondary option for "IDE Drive Power Down". I have the Power Management Support set to enabled.
I figure that if Win98SE can soft shutdown, it should be theoretically possible for W2K and XP to as well, but how is this accomplished? Thanks a lot guys!