When I shut down my PC at home, the computer runs through its shutdown routine, then after a while, a message box comes up on the otherwise blank screen, that reads: “It is now safe to turn off your computer.” At which time I turn off the computer. kaylasmom’s computer doesn’t do this; it simply runs through the shutdown routine and and turns off. Michaela’s computer does wha her mom’s computer does. So does my computer at work. Well, more precisely, the computers that power down on their own do display the message, but only for an augenblick, then they turn off. My computer can keep that message up on the monitor indefinitely.
I’m running Windows 2000 on a Pentium III (-type) processor. Michaela has Windows 98 on a Pentium II. Kaylasmom and my work computer run Windows XP.
What is it that allows some computers to turn off their power supplies, while others require that last bit of human intervention to power down? Is it something in the BIOS? Is it something specific to the motherboard? Is a special power supply necessary to have that feature? Is it a utility?
Thank you to anyone who comes in to teach me…