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Sometimes the specialized bios that dell puts into your computer has
trouble communicating with the standered software that windows puts
in.  Check online for your dell about a software update for your
version of windows that involves the power management.  Search their
site thoroughly for something about it, chances are the results are

Did you reinstall software or the OS on the laptop?  If so, this would
be your problem.  If not, then look on their website for the
installation of the hibernation feature (I'm not sure if windows
actually installs this on its system with 2000 or not).  Or, uninstall
your apm power support.  You should be able to do that in add/remove
programs...somewhere in there.  If even that doesnt work, if you
really feel ambitions, reinstall your OS or restore your comp back to
factory defaults.

Good luck

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