I got the new stable release of the kernel, 2.0.35.
I configured it and followed all steps in the Kernel-HOWTO up
to make zdisk. Hence I rebooted my system from the floppy after
configuring the BIOS settings to allow booting from floppy.
After using "make menuconfig" I had explicitly asked for:
[*] Advanced Power Management BIOS support.
Why is it that upon /sbin/shutdown -h now or /sbin/halt the
system does not power off then as it should?