In the bios you can usually set it to come off standby with activity from an IRQ channel - thinks like mouses and modems - but its a catch 22 trying any software because you have to wake the hard disk up! No doubt there is something you can plug into a com port to wake up at certain time. One thing you could do if you have a dialup modem is get your mobile to ring your modem at a certain time - just a thought!!!!!!!!! or just sit your mouse on your mobile and set the alarm on it
I run windows xp pro on pentium 2 with tons of disk space. I want to schedule my defrag, antivirus, and antispyware at night. Leaving the computer on would solve this but the fan is very noisy and prohibits this. Presently I schedule standby mode after an hour of inactivity around the time I have things scheduled. As you can see this is hit or miss.
Any ideas out there?