if it isnt going into standby it is probably giving you an error. I have the same problem, it tells me my video card drivers need updated. whats yours telling you?
as far as a boot disk, really no need for one, the xp disk is bootoable. if you need one to update bios, just use a 9x/ME boot disk, it will be much faster (only 1 disk vs. 6 for XP). if you dont have a 9x boot disk download one at www.bootdisk.com
i guess i would have to ask the simple question.... are you sure that a bios flash will fix it??? Just remember anytime you flash your bios, chances are good of making a "paper weight" even if your an experienced person doing it.
I did a clean install of Windows XP Professional, after which I was easily able to put the computer in standby. However, after installing updates for my hardware, and much software, my computer no longer enters standby. I can hear, at least one, if not both my hard drives turn off, but the screen remains on with the preparing to standby status message up. Any ideas?
HP Pavilion 9860c, modified:
*New Sound Card: Sound Blaster Live Mp3+ 5.1 Dolby Digital
*New Video Card: All In Wonder Rage Pro 128 32 mb AGP 2x/4x,
running at 2x
Original Mobo: Asus P2vBt (HP Special), with VIA Apollo Pro Chipset (I believe)
Intel Pentium III 650 mhz
384 MB Ram (1 128 100 mhz, 1 256 133 mhz)
HP Ethernet Card
Lucent Wildwire DSL/V.90 56 k Modem
Samsung 8x/4x/32x CD Writer
Pioneer 8x DVD
Maxtor 40 GB 7200 RPM ATA 100
Maxtor 60 GB 5400 RPM ATA 100
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