15 January 2016

Windows 10 - Laptop not shutting down?

Shortly after the upgrade of Windows 10, I found a small bug in that my laptop wouldn't completely shut down altogether? My current machine is a Dell Inspiron 7537 but after some short research I found I wasn't alone with this problem.
Situation is this, I'd shut down the laptop from Windows as normal and the screen would go blank but my keyboard backlight remained on and every so often the fans would kick in as if the machine was powered on.


I headed to the Dell Support site and done an update of all my drivers but this problem remained. I tried a few different options within Windows with little success and then I found the problem.


Follow the steps below...



  1. Right-click the Start button and select Device Manager.

  2. Under the System Devices section, expand and find Intel Management Engine Interface.

  3. Right-click Intel MEI and select Properties.

  4. Go to the Power Management tan and uncheck "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power".

  5. Click OK and simply close the other open windows.

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Did it work for you? I'd be interested to hear - worked a treat for me!


3 January 2016

Today I Learned - Amstrad Mega PC

As someone in their very early thirties I grew up in the 16-Bit gaming era, put simply the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis) and Super Nintendo (Famicom). Our home had the Mega Drive and over it's time we had a collection of somewhere between 20 and 30 games - I still enjoy playing these and will blog more about this shortly.

So, today I learned that when the Mega Drive was at it's peak and personal computers were making an increasing appearance into homes in 1993 that Amstrad released the "Amstrad Mega PC" in Europe and Australian markets. Yes, this is what you think - it's a PC that could play Sega Mega Drive games.