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    Proper shutdown for Xp

    I need some advice on a project of mine and I know it's not your usual threads here. I have a D945GCLF board and there will be nothing attached to it except a hard drive, Servo controller and a monitor when needed.
    Yeah, it's for my R2D2 which I've spent 3 years building.

    The question I have is:
    If I run Xp on this setup and I will mount a button to turn the system on/off.
    Is there something I need for Xp to shut down correctly?
    And could someone tell me the difference between Hibernate and standyby.
    I need to conserve battery power as much as possible.

    I know this is a strange thread, But I need help and you guys know everything about this type of setup.
    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctx32 View Post
    If I run Xp on this setup and I will mount a button to turn the system on/off.
    Is there something I need for Xp to shut down correctly?
    attach the switch to the motherboards header just like you would if installed in a normal case.

    Quote Originally Posted by ctx32 View Post
    And could someone tell me the difference between Hibernate and standyby.
    In standby mode, the system state is saved to ram, which of course requires power. Hibernate, the system state is saved to the hard drive. In hibernate, the computer is pretty much fully powered down.

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    XP by default is set to shut down gracefully when you push the power button. If you push the power button down and hold it down for 5 seconds, however, it will do a hard-off and shut down instantly and improperly.
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    Thanks for the replies.
    So would it be better to hibernate or just shut it off by the button?
    Are there any benifits either way?
    Calvin

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    Standby = faster resume time, but requires a constant supply of power
    Hibernate = no power, slower resume time
    both can cause problems with USB devices and whatnot
    I just shut mine off and start it up again. It takes about 20 seconds to do it for me so I'm not too worried about it.
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    Yep, That's the answer I needed.
    I will just shut it down becuase I use USB Phidget servo controllers
    and don't need a problem with usb ports.

    You mind if I ask another question?
    If I wanted a program to startup with Xp but I need it to start after Xp has loaded the drivers, Is there a way to delay the program long enough for Xp to do it's thing?
    I placed the program in the startup files and it loaded before the drivers and would not run.
    Thanks for the help.
    Calvin

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    you can probably make a program to do it within a couple of lines of code.

    google found this: http://www.r2.com.au/software.php?pa...how=startdelay
    I haven't personally used it but it looks like it does what you want.
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    I had this very same issue using a servo controller and XP. The servo was supposed to open my screen (flip up) after starting. The issue was that the serial port line would get scrambled and require a reset sometime between hitting the power button and XP being ready and running the startup script that commanded the serial port to open.

    The solution was to delay the power up of the servo board and also to insert a delay in the software to open the screen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctx32 View Post
    Yep, That's the answer I needed.
    I will just shut it down becuase I use USB Phidget servo controllers
    and don't need a problem with usb ports.

    You mind if I ask another question?
    If I wanted a program to startup with Xp but I need it to start after Xp has loaded the drivers, Is there a way to delay the program long enough for Xp to do it's thing?
    I placed the program in the startup files and it loaded before the drivers and would not run.
    Thanks for the help.
    Calvin
    Before spending any $$ on a program you can use microsoft's task scheduler
    to start the program after you logon and see if that is enough of a delay
    to get your drivers loaded.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308569

    "With Scheduled Tasks, you can schedule any script, program, or document to run at a time that is most convenient for you. Scheduled Tasks starts every time that you start Windows XP and runs in the background, and it starts each task that you schedule at the time that you specify when you create the task."

    Hope this helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ar15guy View Post
    Before spending any $$ on a program you can use microsoft's task scheduler
    to start the program after you logon and see if that is enough of a delay
    to get your drivers loaded.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308569

    "With Scheduled Tasks, you can schedule any script, program, or document to run at a time that is most convenient for you. Scheduled Tasks starts every time that you start Windows XP and runs in the background, and it starts each task that you schedule at the time that you specify when you create the task."

    Hope this helps!
    Does scheduled tasks actually let you delay the start?
    That program is actually free by the way.
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