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wood



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 8:51 am    Post subject: Power saving options with XP Reply with quote

I am a new member, so a bit green!

I have my power saving options set to enable standby and hibernation, but the cooling fan continues to run. The UPS tab shows a yellow triangle with message 'The UPS service is currently stopped'.

Is it possible my hardware does not support hibernation?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is possible, but most modern computers do support hibernation. What spec is your PC? Also, do you have UPS? I'm confused as to why this would even be there, as few people have UPS systems.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks SofStag. My PC is 5 years old, built by Power Computing, with ASUS-A7N266-VM motherboard and AMD Athlon XP 2200+ 1.80Ghz SOA processor. I don't have UPS.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you use a USB keyboard or mouse?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, both have individual plugs (round - not sure of correct name!)
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, I think we need to have a look at the BIOS settings. To do this restart your computer, and immediately start tapping the <del> key until you get in to the BIOS Setup screen. Use the arrow keys to access the Power menu. Set the ACPI Suspend to RAM option to Enabled, then save settings and exit.

Does this make any difference?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok. Have changed BIOS settings as suggested and set my Power Options as: Turn off monitor 2 mins; Turn off H Discs 3 mins; System standby 5 mins; System hibernates 10 mins.

What happens now is that the monitor goes blank at 2 mins but powers on again at 10 mins! There is no change to the fan, which keeps going.

Sorry to be a pain.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, set the BIOS settings back to how they were before. Then in the Power Options in XP, set the Power Scheme to Minimal Power Management. You can now change the times for the various settings. See if that helps?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good morning! Yes, I have reset the BIOS and tried the Minimal Power Management setting, but the fan still continues after the hibernation time expires. I did notice in the BIOS though that the 'HDD Power Down' setting is 'disabled' - is this possibly significant?

I appreciate very much the time you have spent on this already - if its becoming a pain, please cast me aside and I will just stay as I am?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The hard drive setting shouldn't make any difference, although you can try playing with these settings if you wish, just remember how they were originally!

Do you have any USB devices connected to your PC?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a Epson Stylus RX685 permanently connected and a smartphone lead which is used to synchronise with the PC.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try unplugging these and let the computer go to sleep. Does this help?
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