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Power button doesn't put the laptop to sleep or turns it off - in fact, it does nothing, redgardless if the laptop is connected to power or not. I have a ThinkPad T410s, and these are my power settings:

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Is this a new laptop? Has it ever worked properly? Have you tried changing the behavior of the power button? Does the sleep button perform correctly? –  JNK Sep 9 '10 at 15:32
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Did you try keeping the button pressed for a minute or so? It should bypass operating system and immediately shut down the computer. If that doesn't work, it could be a hardware problem. –  AndrejaKo Sep 9 '10 at 16:11
    
New laptop, I tweaked the power settings a bit before checking this. I don't want to shutdown it completely, but I imagine it would work. What I'd like is the "clean shutdown" or sleep functionality. Going to try to shutdown now... –  ripper234 Sep 9 '10 at 20:13
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Heh, when I pressed it for about half a second this did the trick (sleep, just like I configured it). I'm simply used to even shorter clicks activating the sleep/shutdown, and in this model it takes a bit longer.

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