Thanks for the response, I do know how to set the power setting and had always used System Standby in additon to shutting off the monitor & HD. I had to stop using Standby due to the problem with my external HD.
The question is was hoping to get an answer for is what the button between the 'F12' & 'Print Screen/SysRq' key does? Will it envoke my current Power Options or is it some other pre-determined function?
I tried using the 'sleep button'. Even though I have the power option set with System Standby = never; it went into standby and I had a problem with my external hard drive showing a paging error. Therefore, there must be a different setting that the 'sleep button' uses. Can anyone help with this issue?
Yes, I have gone into the Advanced tab that you suggested, but on my Dell 8200 there are only 3 choices:
A box - to "Always show icon on taskbar"
A box - to "Prompt for password when computer resumes from standby"
A dropdown window - to select what happens "when I press the power button on my computer"
There are no choices in this advanced tab to define what the sleep button does.
There is another tab to select "Power Schemes" - which I have already described.
These are the same windows that can be accessed either by your method or by right clicking on the desktop and going to power under the screen saver tab.
What am is missing?