you wouldnt have any idea how to solve the shutdown prob have you, i have an atx case and when i goto shutdown the computer it will not power down automatically i have to switch it off by removing the power cable.
Instead of pulling the cable, just hold the power button in for about 5 seconds or so.
Go into your bios and make sure you have your ACPI feature enabled. It's during setup that acpi features are installed, so if XP doesn't pick it right up and fix you up, you might need to do another installation to set it right.
EP, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS