I am running windows xp home edition on my laptop and until a few months back, I could easily put the system on standby mode (used to occur automatically when the laptop lid was closed). Now, I can't even get it to enter standby mode from the "turn-off computer" menu; the option is there but is shaded out and cannot be clicked. Someone told me it has to do with my drivers, but I haven't updated any drivers at all... can someone help me out here?
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Did you reinstall windows recently? Normally this happens when you haven't installed your chipset drivers. Does the device manager show any exclamation points next to any of the devices?