In an effort to save energy, I rescheduled my backup and sync programs[1. Jungle Disk, Karen’s Replicator] to start earlier and run for only a few hours, then use Slawdog Smart Shutdown to put my computer into standby.
When I woke up this morning, my computer couldn’t. *gasp*
Since my computer is on lower shelf of a wire rack, I had to:
- unplug the eight cables (4 USB, audio, Ethernet, VGA, and power),
- move my Canon CanoScan 5600F scanner out of the way (since it’s on the top shelf), and
- remove the computer cover.
After that, it was a matter of removing the BIOS battery and holding down the power button for about ten seconds to dissipate the power.
Warning: Geek lingo after this point.
Sick of it all, I decided to update the BIOS firmware[2. How to flash BIOS in DOS mode for Shuttle barebones systems]. Without a floppy disk drive, I searched for a way to make a USB flash drive bootable (to DOS). That’s tougher than it sounds.
I stumbled onto this page, “Creating a bootable USB thumb drive,” because I couldn’t download the HP Drive Key Boot Utility from the official page. Fortunately, it was less than 2MB[3. HP Drive Key Boot Utility weighs a ridiculous 45MB.].
Once my USB drive had DOS on it, I copied my new BIOS file and the flash program, booted into DOS, and updated my BIOS.
All is well, but I’m not sure I want to try standby again.