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Q: Sleep Mode

I'm having trouble figuring out how to set my sleep mode so that it doesn't get triggered if I'm running background processes. It keeps interrupting scans, downloads, uploads, etc. The thing is, I don't want to stop my computer from ever going into sleep mode because I don't want it to just keep running if I'm not using it for anything. Is there a way that I can set it to sleep ONLY if I don't have background stuff running? My old computer just did it automatically and when I looked through the settings (I have the XPS15) I couldn't find any options other than a specific number of minutes or never.

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Preferred Solution: Sleep Mode

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I've had this problem intermittently on my laptop for the past 2 years however it has been occuring more often recently.

Basically sometimes when I click the sleep button on Windows 7, the screen fades to black as usual. However the fan keeps running (sounds like when it's on full load) and the power button light stays on endlessly. I always have to force shut it down and restart it.

What can be the issue?

A:Laptop freezes between entering sleep mode to being in sleep mode

Hi joseph10444.

Such a situation may occur when some driver (mostly the PnP device drivers depending on the ACPI configuration) fail to response within a stipulated time period during the power state change.

Let us see some data. Upload your MSINFO32.nfo file.
Click on the start button
Type "msinfo32" (without quotes) in the search bar of the start menu, click the resulting link. It will open the System Information window.
File>Save. In the "File Name" filed, put "MSINFO32" (without Quote), give the save location to desktop, and click the "save" button.
Give the time for processing, it will save a .nfo file on your desktop.
Zip it, and upload it following the instruction.
Upload the list of all the third party drivers Using NirSoft DriverView :
Download and execute Driverview
View > Hide Microsoft Drivers
Edit > Select all
File > Save Selected Items
In the Save dialog, Set the path to desktop, Put "Driverview" in the name field, and save.
Zip the .txt file and upload it.
Those files will give us a closer look to the issue.

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hai.. help needed.... i am having the exact problem as op.. when i press sleep button, screen goes black (as usual).. but fan, and other keyboard lights are still on... it just freezes... i have to force shutdown to again use my laptop...

i am attaching the msinfo32.nfo, driverview.txt...

and one more thing... i dont have problem of bsod... thanks..

A:Laptop freezes between entering sleep mode to being in sleep mode

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Laptop freezes between entering sleep mode to being in sleep mode

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When I leave my computer after a session, it automatically goes into sleep mode after a period of time and remains that way till I wake it up.

However when I manually put it to sleep ( via shutdown options) , it goes to sleep immediately but for only a while ( a few minutes) then it shows the desktop screen again. If I then leave it alone after it self awake , it goes back to sleep as described above.

Any idea why ?


A:Auto sleep mode works but manual sleep does not


Some softwares can stop the sleep request to work properly.

run cmd.exe as a admin (Click on start, type CMD, right click on CMD.exe and select run as admin)
then type the command
powercfg.exe /energy
This will generate a report that will show if any software is blocking the sleep request. Your next step would be to configure the software in control panel power options

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I have a W520 running Windows 7 Professional. Just recently, my laptop has been going into sleep mode after being idle for about 2-4 minutes (the time is not consistent). My power management is set to "high performance". Put the computer to sleep is set to "Never". The advanced power settings are:Sleep afterOn battery: NeverPlugged in: NeverAllow hybrid sleepOn battery: OffPlugged in: OffHibernate afterOn battery: NeverPlugged in: NeverAllow wake timersOn battery: DisablePlugged in: DisableDoes anybody have an idea of why my laptop goes into sleep mode after 2-4 minutes? Is this a software or hardware problem?

A:W520 entering sleep mode but sleep disabled in pow...

Hi KnightCa,
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
I'm really sorry to hear that your Lenovo W520 goes into sleep mode even after it has been disabled in Power management.
Go to Control panel - - >Power Options - - >Change plan settings (Choose the Power plan that you have selected) - - >Change advanced power settings - - >Adjust the settings under sleep and display as shown below.

Also, try doing a windows update and reinstallation of Power manager in your system.
If the above said didn?t help, try doing a registry editing.
1. Open the Start Menu. 2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter. 3. If prompted, click on Continue in the prompt. 4. In regedit, go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\238C9FA8-0AAD-41ED-83F4-97BE242C8F20\7bc4a2f9-d8fc-4469-b07b-33eb785aaca0\DefaultPowerSchemeValues.
5. Expand DefaultPowerSchemeValues and Click on the key that is for the Power Plan that you want to change the wait time (Refer the table below)
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6. In the right pane, right click on ACSettingIndex (while on AC power) or DCSettingIndex (while on battery power) and click on Modify.
7. Choose Decimal, and type in how many seconds you want Windows to wait to go back to sleep automatically after an unattended wakeup.
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8. Close regedit. 9. Restart the computer to apply.
Hope ... Read more

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I like to put my computer on sleep so I can just come back to where I left it, but the past few days when I put it on sleep the screen would just go black like it was asleep, but the computer was still on and running like I didn't put it in sleep. Then when I move the mouse to come out of sleep it says "locking computer" and goes to my password screen (which is what it should do before going to sleep). I don't think its in the power settings because I've checked there and played around with the settings (I'm not technically challenged so I don't think it's something that simple lol).

Also, my touchpad scroll feature does not work (and has not worked for quite some time). It comes back when I turn the computer off and on again, but I only do that a few times a week. I've tried reinstalling the touchpad firmware so that isn't the problem.

I have a Toshiba Satellite A215.

A:Computer Doesn't Sleep When In Sleep Mode

Back when I had that problem with my Toshibia Satellite, I had to turn off the Awake on LAN in the bios, because when the network is present it will want to wake up.. Just something to try, im sure other people will have other ideas, and hope one of them will do the trick :)

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How transition happen from S3(Sleep Mode) to S4(Hibernation mode) after setting the Power Plan policies ?

I set the setting in power plan policies, here are the below steps
Go to Control panel->Power options->Change Plan settings->Turn off the display: set to 1 Minute. Then click Change Advanced power settings-Sleep->& set Sleep after: 2 Minute and Hibernate after: 4 Minutes

My expected result for mobile board is:

1.Display devices should turn off after 1 minute.
2.System should Enter into S3 state after 2 Minutes and S3 LED should lit.
3.After 4 Minutes system should switch to S4 from S3 & S4 LED on CRB should Lit.

Am getting the result is:
1.Display devices should turn off after 1 minute.
2.System should Enter into S3 state after 2 Minutes and S3 LED should lit.
3.After 4 Minutes system switch to S4 from S3 and S0, S4 LED on CRB should Lit.

S3->S0->S4 is it rwirght or wrong, if its wright what process happen between S3->S0->S4.
Can any help me to understand this transition

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I've been using this Windows 7 Home system for some years. At first it used the CRT monitor I had for much longer than this system, then a used LCD monitor, now for the last six or eight months a larger used, but seemingly in excellent condition, Dell E228WFP.

My habit has been, for much longer than I've had the Win7 system, to manually put the system in sleep mode during the day when I expect to be away for any extended time. I turn it off if I will definitely be away for hours and turn it off over night.

The problem did not exist until this Dell monitor. I don't recall how soon after getting the monitor it started, probably not very long.

The system always come up working properly when first turned on but sometimes, when I awaken the system, the video is at a much lower resolution. Looking at the Windows Screen resolution, it says generic PNP monitor rather than the Dell. This is an annoyance but easy enough to fix, just click on Detect, and it switches back to the Dell at the higher resolution, the recommended 1680 X 1050, which is enough to suit me.

Starting perhaps six or eight weeks ago it sometimes instead woke up with a message
1: auto detect (analog input)
Cannot display this video mode
optimum resolution 1680 x 1050 60Hz

Sometime the first line instead says
2: Analog Input

The only way to get any video is to restart the system, which always came up correct from boot or reboot, just not from reawaken. If nothing was open when I put it to sleep, I can use the k... Read more

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Hello for the past 2 weeks I am facing a weird battery charging issue. Apparently the battery charges only while the laptop is on Sleep mode or Shut Down mode. It doesn't charge when powered on. The HP online support also does not have any answers. I have updated the BIOS and restarted the laptop countless times. The battery is not removable. Anybody else faced this issue and any solutions?  On a side note, Microsoft Excel crashes repeatedly since beginning. And the support has no answer to this too. Thanks for your help! Regards,Garry

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I would like to put my wireless mouse in inactive mode during sleep mode. As it is an mouse movement, usually accidental, wakes up the computer. I looked for a way but couldn't find this facility.


A:Sleep mouse during sleep mode?

Hello Jack,

You might check using STEP SIX in the tutorial below as a guide to see if you have a "Power Management" tab to uncheck the "Allow to wake computer" option in it for you mouse in Device Manager.

Power Options and Sleep Mode Problems

If not, then you can use the STEP FIVE section to manually disable the mouse from waking up your computer.

Just be sure that you at least have the keyboard allowed to wake up the computer, or you will have to press the case power button to wake up your computer instead.

Hope this helps,

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My X1 is entering sleep mode after two minutes idling plugged in. The power plan is set for 15 minutes, so I'm not sure why this is happening.  I've tried restoring the default settings for this plan, but that hasn't worked.  I have a ThinkPad Ultra USB 3.0 dock and two external monitors attached to the PC.  Any suggestions on how to fix this?  Thanks.  

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Issue at large: Win7-64 won't go into sleep mode. Recent issue in last week. Also seems to be automatically resetting from Balanced power mode to High Performance? Below is the energy-report.html results, if they're helpful:

Power Efficiency Diagnostics Report

Computer Name HOME-PC
Scan Time 2011-12-11T17:17:45Z
Scan Duration 60 seconds
System Manufacturer System manufacturer
System Product Name System Product Name
BIOS Date 03/15/2010
BIOS Version 3204
OS Build 7601
Platform Role PlatformRoleDesktop
Plugged In true
Process Count 91
Thread Count 1101
Report GUID {cdba3736-483a-4633-b34a-d767546b5e3d}
Analysis Results


Power Policy:Power Plan Personality is High Performance (Plugged In)
The current power plan personality is High Performance when the system is plugged in.
Power Policy:Minimum processor performance state is 100% (Plugged In)
The processor is not configured to automatically reduce power consumption based on activity.
Power Policy:PCI Express ASPM is disabled (Plugged In)
The current power policy for PCI Express Active State Power Management (ASPM) is configured to Off.
USB Suspend:USB Device not Entering Suspend
The USB device did not enter the Suspend state. Processor power management may be prevented if a USB device does not enter the Suspend state when not in use.
Device Name USB Composite Device
Host Controller ID PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4397
Host Controller Location PCI bus 0, device 18, function 0
Device... Read more

A:Sleep Mode errors - system won't sleep, 12 errors in energy-report

Check windows update to see if there are any new drivers for power management or check your motherboards manufacturer's website.

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How can I fix the sleep mode and hibernation mode, every sense I updated my drivers, I've been have problems with this, can anyone help. The sleep mode will try to wake, but it will go right back to sleep, when I putted in hibernation the blue screen comes up. I don't won't to perform a recovery, because I IIS setup with php and asp.

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I want windows media center computer to go into hibernate mode only. Now it goes to sleep after 25 min and then hibernates after 30 min. How do i set it so it will go right into hibernate mode?


A:How do i use hibernate mode without going into sleep mode first

Hello, You can disable Sleep by going to Power Options>Choose when the computer sleeps (from the left pane)>selecting Never.

If you wish to hibernate your pc after a certain amount of time, read the below thread:

Set pc to hibernate/shutdown/logoff etc after certain time - Vista Forums

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a lot of my friends have this problem. It doesn't matter what type of card they have. My problem is more difficult. When the screen turns off it happens quite often that it doesn't turn back but otherwise the pc (windows) is in working ("blindly" i deleted my icons from the desktop) If i press the power button than for instance the screen comes back and than the computer turn off. I operated with the power setting and i found a newer driver for my intel 4000 vga and new dell '06 bios, but the problem come back always. (+I tried on windows 7; always is ok!)

Dell inspirion 3521-intel hd 4000-core i3

My power plan (when plugged in):

Dim display: 2 min
Turn off the display: 3 min
Put the computer to sleep: never (on battery 1 hour)


A:Black screen after sleep mode and screen off (in power safer mode)

I dont think it's your touchpad specifically.  It will go out whenever the i/o is interacted with.  It will probably go out even if you plug your cell phone.  Since removing Mcaffee I havent had any problems.

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hi there whenever i put my desktop into sleep mode and after startin the machin it does not prompt for username and password need quick solution

A:sleep mode

Control Panel - Power options.
Select your plan and then click "Chnage Plan settings" then "Change Avanced Power settings"
The first Item is what you are looking for.

Power Plan Settings - Change

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On my partners new computer
when it starts up with only the battery the screen automatically goes a faded black.What i mean is
i can vaguely see the cursor moving around the screen.
when the power cord is plugged in there is no issues.
I am thinking maybe the pc must be entering sleep mode when the pc starts up.
Will adjusting the power settings solve this or is there something else i might be missing.

A:Sleep mode

Adjusting the power setting will solve that problem.

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My computer is stuck in sleep mode. The monitor, keyboard, and mouse are unresponsive.
Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated!

Thank you.

A:sleep mode

did you try turn it off and back on using the power botton on you case .
this is what i do when my computer freeze

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My sleep mode used to work without any problem.

When I now activate sleep the PC shuts down for a while and then wakes up after a short time without any action from me.

Any ideas please ???

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when i put my vista in sleep mode for the night i continue to hear the fan operating at regular speed. In the past it didn't do that. any answers?

A:sleep mode

Unless a heat sensor is bad it must be hotter in there. Because it is hotter in the room? Vents are clogged or blocked? Too much crud built up on the heat sink?

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I have a dell desktop computer running vista
Several days ago my computer went into sleep mode
I couldn't get it out of sleep mode so
I unplugged the computer and plugged it back in.
When I turn it on I get nothing
If I hold the power button down, I can see lights in the
back of the computer that are on, but when I let go of the
power button, nothing.
When I hold the power button down, the power button light
does not come on.
An help will be greatly appreciated mike

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I have an HP computer that froze up....pushed the button on the front of the tower......computer comes back on, no picture....ive checked all cables, tried another monitor, changed memory, cleared cmos, new video, etc, etc, etc.....no luck.....any ideas?

A:Sleep mode?

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When my Inspiron11/3000 is in sleep mode (or lid closed), is the WiFi automatically disabled?

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Hello My pc goes into sleep mode all the time.Is there anyway I can stop it. I have to turnoff tower to get itto come back on . There is probably a setting I need to adjust. Please help thanks. Roz

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My desktop (Vista) is stuck in sleep mode. Every time I turn it on it goes directly to sleep mode. I've tried unplugging everything. It won't let me operate in safe mode or anything. The trouble started after I quit using it regularly and it went for a long period of inactivity. Any suggestions??

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I have a compaq presario, CQ56 115DX Notebook, by HP.
Problem started last week and resurfaced again this monday.
could not get my notebook out sleep mode, the caps lock was blinking once, indicating a cpu problem.
took it in to a tech, who changed the cpu. System was running until 2 days, ago, when again, could not get it out of
sleep. Press the power button, turns the laptop off completely, press again, back to sleep, with caps lock blinking once, indicating cpu issues. Took it back to tech, who now thinks it could be the motherboard.
Washed the motherboard, still will not boot up. So how can I boot it up, whats the problem?

A:Can't get out of sleep mode, ???

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WIndows 7 64bit home edition used to go into sleep mode until I used computer again. The monitor would go dark, etc. to save power. Now it wakes up after being asleep at random intervals...sometimes a few minutes and sometimes longer. I've looked at what should wake up the computer which is now set to only mouse and keyboard. I use EASUS backup which is supposed to run at midnight but the sleep mode is erratic both before and after that time. I've even tried removing the backup software and it still happens. Any ideas?

A:Sleep Mode

Hi leewoxen and welcome -Can you please list the computer Make and Model (or is this a HP - More common problem) -Thank You -

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My husband has a Compaq Pressario Deskop pc with an Intel (R) G41 express chipset. We have just had a new power supply unit and gfx graphics card put into it today and when we got it home and set it up for some reason the PC is turning on but the Monitor is constantly shutting down into sleep mode. Can you help me with this please. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.

A:Sleep mode

Have you checked the power settings for your monitor? They might have been reset.

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I just recently built a computer. This is the first time I've done this. It works fine however I can not figure out how to put my system into sleep mode. I go to start/sleep and it does not respond. Is there a setting in the bio I need to configure?

A:Sleep Mode

Read this guide: http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/63567-power-options-sleep-mode-problems.html

(ignore the reference to 'vista64' in the above link, the guide applies to any version of Vista or Windows 7)

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Upon finishing my new PC, I decided to let Windows 7 update itself while I take a nap. After a half an hour I returned and rebooted the machine. Much to my horror, the integrated Ethernet had entirely ceased to function! Indeed, device manager no longer showed any LAN devices. Even more puzzling was the error message I received while trying to reinstall my motherboard's integrated LAN drivers:

The Realtek Network Controller was not found.
If Deep Sleep Mode is enabled Please Plug the Cable.Click to expand...

"Wait ... what?!", I immediately exclaimed aloud. A few Google searches later, the problem was made quite clear. Apparently, integrated devices on several motherboards tend not to wake up after Windows 7 goes into sleep mode. The precise cause eludes me, yet one easy solution is as follows:
Turn off the PC
Switch off the power switch at the back of the PC if it a desktop. Laptop owners simply unplug the power adapter.
Wait a few minutes while the capacitors lose their charge and the RAM clears.
Turn on the PC and verify that the LAN or whichever device was giving the deep sleep error now works. If not, then you could turn off the PC and remove the RAM for a minute. (Don't forget to touch the PSU before handling the RAM, though!)

Now that you've fixed the immediate issue, let's prevent it from happening again.
Open up Device Manager
Right click the device which formerly gave the error.
Click on Properties
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A:Sleep mode in Win 7

Interesting. I have a GA-P55A-UD4P.

Sleep isn't too important for me (especially since it's a desktop). I believe I disabled it entirely, but this is still very useful. Thanks for the post!

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I am currently using Windows Vista home premium on my laptop. I can make changes to sleep mode in power options, but no matter what I do, my computer goes to sleep in 20 minutes or so if I am not active. This really bugs if I am watching a movie or something similar. Any suggestions on how I can get my power options working again?

A:No changes to sleep mode.

See my reply in your other post at http://forums.techguy.org/windows-vista-7/807859-no-changes-sleep-mode.html

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My HP Pavillion suddenly will not go into sleep mode after the specified time.Any suggestiins would be appreciate.Thanks

A:Sleep mode

Hey There! To configure the Sleep mode, please follow the instructions below: In the search bar. Search for "Settings" Click System Click Power & sleep

I am a very busy person. PleasePlease click ?Accept as Solution" if I solve your Problem

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Hi all, may be a daft question! but if you use sleep mode (I've never used it before) on a desktop PC, does the power needed to keep things ticking over in the background come from the mains power or the battery on the mobo?

The longest I'm away from the PC is about 17 hours, so is it worth using sleep mode rather than shutting it fully down?


A:Sleep mode?

Hello Avo,

It will use a small amount of the main power while in sleep mode to keep the memory (RAM) intact.

The motherboard battery is only used to maintain the BIOS and time settings of the motherboard while the computer is not plugged in to the outlet, or when the PSU has been turned off.

Sleep mode is helpful by having your computer startup right where you left off since your last session, and is handy if you are off and on the computer often.

You could use both sleep or shutdown if you like. Use sleep when you will be off and on, and use shutdown when it will be a while before the next session to save some energy.

It's really up to you and how often you use the computer though.

Hope this helps,

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My laptop wont go into sleep mode anymore whenever i close it. It always stays connected to the internet as well, is there a way to get sleep mode back, because i think some sort of media sharing program turned it off.

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Hello All, My PC & Screen go into Sleep Mode even though I have all settings for PC & Screen checked "NEVER."Suggestions please? Ray

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Hi all, when my system has been in sleep mode and I restart it it takes a long time for the mouse to move. Can anyone tell me the reason for this.
Many thanks.

A:Sleep mode.

Go to search by the start button, type in device manager.
In device manager, make sure that there are no small yellow markers. If there are none, update the mouse driver. Report back

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In short when I put my computer to sleep mode. At first it does it well, fans turn off, screen goes sleep mode. As intended it's in it quiet standby mode.
But here comes the issue. Few second after entering the sleep mode. The fans start working again, but screen is still in sleep mode. I can wake up computer.. but I'm forced to shutdown PC because sleep mode is not working properly.

I would love to have quiet standby/sleep mode.

Question is how to fix the issue to have pc in it's quiet sleep mode?

A:Sleep mode being odd.

which computer are you using and the operating system?

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My power plan is balanced. My settings are turn off display 10 min. and go to sleep 25 min. I recently had a reinstall of my Windows 7 operating system. Prior thereto, I believe that the power button on my tower would read orange at some point when on. Now it is only blue when on. Is there an explanation for this? Does it have anything to do with the power plan, sleep mode, etc.? 

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When my computer is in sleep mode will scheduled activities, like set virus timed programs, restart it and run. Also if I start a scan and the PC goes into sleep mode what happens to the scan will it continue or will it restart on wake up?

A:PC in Sleep Mode

Sorry I did`nt mention but am running Windows 7. No problems just some queries on what happens in Sleep Mode.

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My power plan is balanced. My settings are turn off display 10 min. and go to sleep 25 min. I recently had a reinstall of my Windows 7 operating system. Prior thereto, I believe that the power button on my tower would read orange at some point when on. Now it is only blue when on. Is there an explanation for this? Does it have anything to do with the power plan, sleep mode, etc.? 

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I have an online backup that runs every night. I also have an anti-virus that runs every few days. I have discovered that if I use Sleep Mode, these do not work. I have also tried Hybrid Sleep but that is no better. Is there any way to use Sleep Mode and also have my programs run?

A:Sleep Mode

Not that I've heard of. If you have this in task scheduler, there is a check box on the conditions tab to wake the computer to run the task.


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I left my computer to sleep a few nights ago and I came out and woke it up by pressing my left mouse button and it worked fine.

Today I get home and try to wake it with my mouse and nothing happens, my keyboard and my mouse cant even wake my computer, the only thing I can do is press my power button on my computer.

I have already tried going into device manager and making sure that both the keyboard and mouse have the option "allow this device to wake the computer" checked.

Any ideas?

A:Help with sleep mode please.

its probably a corrupt hibernation file, i would run chekdisc on your drive after deleting your hibernation file, ie untick allow hibernation, run check dic on your drive right click the drive ususally C tools error checking tick both boxes reboot

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i recently change my cmos battery and now my computer is on sleep mode.
i tried movin the mouse, strikin the keyboard n nothin doesnt work.
can some1 please help me wake it up?!

A:sleep mode

You must change the setting before Windows loads. Reboot the Computer, you'll need to hit a "F(X)" button. Like F8 or F10 which will take you to the BIOS setup menu. This is where you can toggle sleep mode on/off. If windows starts to load, you didn't do it. You must enter the menu seconds after the computer is first turned on. If you see the Windows Screen, start over until you get into the menu.

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Often when I put the computer in sleep mode when I come back later it either won't start or I get a serious error message and I have to re-boot.
Why should there be a problem if it is sleeping ??

A:Sleep Mode

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Dear All, My notebook sometimes goes into Sleep Mode when just a few minutes of un-use.  All the Power Mgmt settings are set to go into Sleep Mode only after a long time.  This only started after Windows 10 'upgrade'. Please help if you can....  Thank You,John

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Hi @GTOENVY, Welcome to the HP Forum!  Thank you for joining the HP Forum community.  It is a great resource for information, tips, and solutions that have helped others. Here is a link to First Time Here? Learn How to Post and More as a guide should you have any concerns or questions about the process. I grasp that after upgrading to Windows 10, you are experiencing an issue with sleep mode. Although the settings are set for an extended period, you notebook will enter sleep after only a few moments of disuse.  After upgrading did you do all your Windows updates? Have you run the HP Support Assistant to aid with any HP updates? Have you run the Windows troubleshooter? Here is a link to HP PCs - Sleep and Hibernate Issues (Windows 10, 8)  that should help. Please let me know the outcome. Thanks for participating in the HP Forums where we want to help you as well as others who may experience a similar issue as yourself. Please consider marking the post that resolves your issue as "Accept as Solution" to help other community members! To show appreciation for my efforts kindly click the "Thumbs Up" below. 

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