RobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3952 posts, RR: 18 Posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1400 times:
Does anyone out there know how to set-up Windows properly for it to go into "hibernation" (stand-by) mode?
I've been playing about with the settings on mine for a few weeks now and I just can't seem to get it right.
For those unfamiliar, it's SETTINGS, CONTROL PANEL, POWER OPTIONS. I've got my POWER SCHEME set as home/desktop and times set as :
Turn off monitor : after 5 mins
Turn off hard disks : after 5 mins
System standby : after 5 mins
System hibernates : after 10 mins
Seems fair enough right? The problem I'm getting is that after 5 minutes, the monitor shows "saving settings" or something similar then the screen goes black (but doesn't actually switch the monitor off of course) and the hard drive shuts down with the light on the front of power pulsating on and off.
After about 1 minute, the hard drive spools up again and the screen and system returns to its previous state. Why is it doing that?
Then, after about another 5 minutes, the monitor goes black again but the hard drive remains running. If I move the mouse or press a key to "wake" it up nothing happens and I have to physically turns off the tower and restart it. If I instead leave it, the screen momentarily comes back to life to show "saving settings" or whatever, then goes black again the hard drive turns off.
Anyone have any suggestions re what I might be doing wrong? Ultimately what I'm trying to do is save as much electric as possible by effectively turning the system off, but have it return to whatever I was last doing when I move the mouse rather than having to boot it up right from the start.
The settings seem to contradict each other anyway. What's the difference between "turn off monitor/turn off hard disks" and "hibernation"? Surely hibernation would do that anyway? And what exactly is "system standby"?
RobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3952 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1381 times:
Thanks Ted. Tried your suggestions and now it doesn't do anything at all! Just sits there with the screen going and that's it. Support is enabled in the BIOS for power saving. Like I said before though, it DOES hibernate (eventually) on the original settings but I don't think it should be waking up a few times before going into a proper sleep (hibernate).
My big bro suggested that it could be Outlook Express which is set to auto check for new emails every 2 mins. I've tried shutting that down before leaving it to hibernate and it makes no difference.