I had a very scary computer experience a couple of days ago. I was just about to start backing everything up on some CD Rom discs. Suddenly I got a "computer not responding" message. I tried Ctrl + Alt + Delete and attempted to end the process. No luck. It continued to hang. This went on for 1/2 an hour. I could hear the CD Rom whirring inside and of course could not remove the disc. I decided to log off but it would not log off.
I decided to shut the power off using the power button. I know this is not the best thing to do but I figured after almost an hour of waiting I had to try something. Big mistake! The screen went black but remained on. It would not shut down. I had no idea what to do.
I left the computer for the evening figuring I'd lost all of my files and thought about where I could take it. I thought for sure the computer was dead! After perhaps 4 hours I returned only to see no change.
I tried one last thing. I unplugged the wretched thing from the back. Why this would make a difference I had no idea. BUT..... it did. After unplugging the machine and pressing the power button the screen came on with a host of options. "Start windows normally"...."start in safe mode" etc. etc.
I clicked "start windows normally". Unbelievably, the computer booted back up and everything is running perfectly. I immediately backed up all of my files.
It just goes to show you. At 7:00PM everything looked hopeless. I thought the computer was dead and that I'd lost everything. And I mean everything! At 11:00PM it was like I never had a problem.
I've no idea why the computer suddenly booted back up after unplugging it and pressing the power button. And I'm not suggesting that anyone try what I'd done. To this day I've no idea why unplugging the computer from the back made any difference but for some reason it did.
Just thought I'd share this with you all.
My tip: Never give up.
Posted: June 15th, 2010, 8:41am
Your computer is probably set up to Sleep when you press the Power button. This makes it a hassle when you really want to shut the computer down and you have no other way to do so (as was your situation). What you should have tried before unplugging it was to hold the Power button in for five to ten seconds. That will shut the computer off. Sleep mode on your computer requires electricity and so when you unplugged it, it could not Sleep and so it shut down. Holding the Power button in is preferable to unplugging it. Of course, that should only be used when Windows will not shut down (as was your situation).
What you say is possible Ray. Thanks for the input. It's quite possible I did not hold the power button down long enough. Although I must say that I had to shut the computer off using the power button earlier that day because it would not shut down normally and I was able to shut it down okay. I'll keep in mind [for next time] to hold the button longer. Interesting, the evening I was talking about in my post was when I showed my wife what had been happening. That's when I decided to unplug the thing.
I guess my thinking was that in a couple of hours the battery would be spent and there would be zero power. But after unplugging it, it was my wife who pressed the power button and had held it for several seconds. After releasing it she waited about a minute and then powered it up again. It's been working great ever since.