"Caps Lock" LED stuck on when shutdown

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  1. Jay H

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    I had something odd happen today, when I shut off my PC, the Caps Lock LED was still on, I had to turn off the hard switch in the back to get it off, even though the PC was shut down the normal way (soft power down). It was very odd...

    Since most of the newer PS units are software controlled to power up/down, is this normal or just a fluke? My PS (Enermax 350W one has a switch on the back which I simply shut off and on to clear it)..

    Jay

    (OOPS, wrong forum, hopefully this will be in the PC forum soon...sorry!)
     
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    Every now and then my computer does that (and when I had an AMD northbridge and a netgear NIC it did it permenantly). I *BELIEVE* it is a quirk with the power management that modern PC's have. IMO the power management on PC's is a nightmare. I've never managed to get it totally stable, and I tend to totally disable it.

    Basically, don't worry about it, it's not an unknown 'feature'. It doesn't do any harm.
     
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    I've noticed that it's only the caps-lock LED, not the Num Lock one, as the Num Lock LED is on at boot up but the Caps Lock LED is used when I play Return to Castle Wolfenstein, which is really the only reason I noticed it the other day... I guess I'll have to look into the Power Saving section in the Bios... I don't use it as I tend to turn my PC off when I'm off it for long periods of time...

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    Actually, yeah it was the NUMlock one that remained on on my comp. Hmmm, stranger and stranger [​IMG]
     
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    it could be that "keyboard power on" is enabled on your motherboard. this may be a setting in the bios as well as a jumper on the board itself. what it is doing is providing the keyboard with power so that when you hit a certain key it comes back on.
     
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    Well, on my motherboard (EPoX 8kha+) I think there's only a couple jumpers, CMOS reset and I think the 100/133 FSB speed setting, I think theres a few more but they're unrelated, Wake-on LAN support or something like that. There might be some BIOs stuff but I haven't checked. Of the three LEDs on the keyboard (NumLock, CapsLock, ScrollLock) my testing shows that the PC will turn off the NumLock but both the CapsLock and ScollLock will remain in their same position as it was at powerdown. Not a biggie, but when the PC is in your bedroom and you shut the lights out, you notice every damm LED that's on! It's usually then when I notice I've left the printer on, or my external modem on, etc.. [​IMG]
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    Yeah, I have a manual, but they never explain the Bios in a manner that's actually useful... They'll tell how to change it but they never really go into why or what the consequences are..
    Turning your PC on via keyboard, ala a Macintosh, eh? Interesting, not that I'd ever use it but I'll go see.. First, I'll have to find the manual though.. [​IMG]
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