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"Auto wake" from hibernation/standby not working

by kazekiri / June 4, 2004 7:19 PM PDT

This might be an application or hardware problem, but I'll post it here.

I just bought a TV tuner card (NEC SmartVision HG2/R) that includes software for recording and timer record. It has an option to automatically "wake up" from hibernation/standby just before it records a programmed record. I've followed the instructions for this, but my system won't automatically wake up from either hibernation or standby. I have hibernation enabled and I can put the computer in and out of hibernation mode manually without any problems.

The card also included a separate application that has an "auto wake" feature for downloading the program guide automatically while you're away. This one doesn't work either.

I'm pretty stumped. I don't understand how the PC is supposed to know when to wake up. It's not possible, is it? The troubleshooting guide said that there might be a bios option that I can change to fix this, but my bios doesn't have any options related to hibernation or standby mode.

Don't tell me I have to change something in the power options control panel. There aren't very many options in there and I've messed with every one of them. If anyone has any good ideas, please help.

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by glb613 / June 4, 2004 8:42 PM PDT

I've had a lot of problems with hibernation causing errors and not working properly. I've also read many posts here from others who also have problems as well. My suggestion would be to not use the hibernation mode at all. Use standby, manually turn off the monitor and see if that works.

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by ereedks / June 4, 2004 10:19 PM PDT
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Yeah, in A+ and Windows 2000 Pro/Server classes both instructors told us not to use hibernation or standby unless you are dealing with a laptop. That is the reason these two modes were created in the first place, is to conserve battery power on a laptop. A workstation doesn't have a battery, thus there's no need to use it.

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by Cursorcowboy / June 4, 2004 11:38 PM PDT

Perhaps this card isn't ready for prime time since I'm unfamiliar with it and the following are simply punts.

1. Set BIOS time-outs to the maximum time or disable them which allows the operating system (instead of the BIOS) to control time-outs since some APM BIOSs turn off or refuse to function if all time-outs are disabled. Perhaps the time-outs should be set to the maximum allowed time instead of disabled.

2. Turn off screen blanking in the BIOS. Typically to turn off screen blanking in the BIOS, disable the time-out for the display or set the time-out to the maximum value. Screen blanking reduces power to the display which causes the computer to appear to be shut down.

3. Note what the article [Q306458] states:

"Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) offers PowerNow! technology on AMD mobile Athlon 4 and mobile Duron processors and Windows XP the additional driver (the Amdk7.sys driver) to enable the AMD PowerNow! functionality.".

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