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My computer won't sleep via timer any more

by marjay / May 29, 2013 11:12 PM PDT

A few months ago my computer stopped going to sleep via the timer settings. I had it set to sleep after one hour of inactivity. I can still force it to hibernate or sleep via the "start" menu. In addition, I have a floppy drive (not being used obviously) that seems to get accessed every once in a while, I don't know if this is connected to the problem. I'm assuming that some process is setting/resetting the sleep timer but I don't know how to find that out.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Rich

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What changed prior to this happening?
by wpgwpg / May 29, 2013 11:28 PM PDT

Think about any changes you made in drivers, software, or hardware just before the problem started. You could also check the rather cryptic system event log. To do that click Start -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Event Viewer. Once in Event Viewer click on the system log and scroll through the entries looking for clues to see if you can find hints as to where the problem could be. Be aware that this log is very cryptic and it's a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack.
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Good luck.

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Event Viewer
by marjay / May 30, 2013 2:36 AM PDT

Thanks for the reply. I have checked event viewer and have not been able to find a particular entry that makes sense with regard to the problem. You are correct, cryptic is the word. I really need a MSFT person to look at it...

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About inactivity.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 29, 2013 11:47 PM PDT

With most anti-virus and such now waking up when it goes inactive means a PC is less and less inactive. Couple this with weekly updates from MSFT and maybe daily updates from other apps (antivirus is typical) then you see some machines that rarely sleep.

Add some infection or small change such as some USB mouse/driver and you have a long list of things to look at.

Most folk will not fix this.
Bob

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Inactivity
by marjay / May 30, 2013 2:40 AM PDT
In reply to: About inactivity.

I understand your train of thought but my understanding is that there is a sleep timer that should not be reset unless there is mouse/keyboard activity. Before the problem, if I was downloading a file and the time ran out on the amount I allocated to sleep it would go to sleep even if the d/l was still going on.

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As I noted.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 30, 2013 2:57 AM PDT
In reply to: Inactivity

There is a long list of things to look at and from what I'm seeing today most folk do not want to research event viewer and it appears MSFT is not going to make it any easier as you read such discussions like http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w8itprogeneral/thread/8d47c568-b595-40d5-8477-a0f86ede301c/

Why I note this is that it does reveal the command one may use during a look see around in Windows 7 along with your Event Viewer research.

Since it does sleep and hibernate on demand, most folk won't fix it.
Bob

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