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1answer
40 views

Windows Power Plan automation

I like to keep my Asus ROG G750JZ(laptop) on all the time and I have already automated sleeping at 01:00 in the morning, auto wake-up on opening the lid. However since I am not using the laptop all ...
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1answer
85 views

What is preventing my computer from going idle?

When I first boot my Windows 7 computer, it will go idle if I stop using it - first the screensaver comes on, then the computer goes to sleep after a certain amount of time. This is the expected ...
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0answers
8 views

How to perform certain tasks when switching from/to Power Saver mode in Windows 8? (Disable services etc)

How can I disable certain services and terminate certain programs automaticly when I let my laptop go into power saver? And then automaticly restore them when I go to "performance" mode again? If ...
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0answers
23 views

Sleep, hibernate additional condition in Windows

Is there a way to set an condition to not sleep/hibernate on Windows based systems if the particular app/process is running?
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2answers
211 views

Query current power config settings on Windows 7

Powercfg gives the ability to set certain settings like monitor-timeout-ac and standby-timeout-dc using powercfg -change <setting> <value>. Is it possible to query the current values of ...
2
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1answer
193 views

Force a program to consume at most x% of CPU time [duplicate]

Is there a way to force a specific program to use less than 100% processor time even when the CPU would be idle otherwise? Using process priority, we can adjust how much resources a given program ...
2
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1answer
29 views

Close programs when on battery

Is there a Windows application or a script that kills programs when my laptop in not plugged in (and preferably relaunches them when charging)? I have a few background applications that use too much ...
1
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1answer
41 views

Is an event registered when a monitor comes out of Power Saving Mode?

I am using task scheduler to fire a program when someone logs in, unlocks the station, and I would like to do it when the screen turns back on prior to locking. IE the power savings turns off the ...
0
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2answers
329 views

Windows won't sleep

My Windows 8.1 PC suddenly decided it no longer wants to go to sleep. If I explicitly put it to sleep then it stays in sleep mode, but it doesn't obey the power plan setting to go to sleep after 30 ...
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0answers
51 views

Setting HDD Turn Off per disk

I can only find a setting that is applied to every HDDs. What if I have multiple disks on my system and want to set different time for each disk? Is there any way?
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2answers
190 views

On windows, how to force application close upon going to sleep

Is there a scripting possibility or application, free or commercially avaible, that would allow me to set up windows to close a partuicular application before it goes to sleep mode?
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1answer
39 views

manage hardware power supply

How can I manage power supply? (if it's possible of course). Since my charger doesn't supply the needed energy, I need to reduce/remove power from some devices in order to let my processor run full ...
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2answers
241 views

Hook system power button in Windows

I have a headless computer running a custom service that I want to enable/disable using the power button, rather than having to remotely connect every time. The computer does other things as well, so ...
0
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1answer
1k views

Windows 8 on Surface Pro goes to sleep on lock screen despite “High Performance” power settings

On a Windows 8-enabled Microsoft Surface Pro I have a "High Performance" power mode selected. When the device is locked via Win + L it still goes to sleep after a minute or so. Screen saver is ...
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1answer
368 views

What are the recommended power settings for VMs?

What power options should be changed in Windows when it is running on a virtual machine? We are using VMWare and the possible OS's are any of several still-supported versions of Windows. For example ...
3
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1answer
242 views

Closing the lid of laptop slows down downloading files [duplicate]

I would like to download files from the intelernet on my lenovo laptop with windows 7 when the lid is closed. Unfortunately the download slows down almost to zero when the lid is closed. Answers to ...
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0answers
53 views

Manually checking/changing power state of Intel Centrino wireless in Windows

Windows gives a couple options to manage the power of Intel's mobile Centrino wireless card line in the Advanced Power options menu. Does anybody know of a way to manually (ie, not using Windows' ...
0
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1answer
744 views

Why does my windows 7 go to sleep after two minutes regardless of power management settings? [duplicate]

My computer goes to sleep two minutes after being idle. I have checked power management options for unplugged and plugged settings and going to sleep, screen saver etc. are all put on never but it ...
1
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0answers
388 views

Is there a way to disable power management on a Seagate ST2000DM001 harddrive completely?

After I bring my Seagate ST2000DM001 harddrive offline using Diskpart, then spin it down using HDDScan for Windows 3.3, and then finally disable its device driver using DevCon so that AFAIK no ...
0
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1answer
428 views

Windows 7 - all usb devices go to sleep im idle mode

A strange thing happened after a few updates to the system: Intel rapid storage SSD firmware update Intel Ethernet adapter update GPU Intel update When the computer turns off the screen (after 5 ...
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1answer
2k views

Windows 8- sleep mode is drive ON?

Does HDD in Sleep mode under Windows 8 still spins - as it's saves your RAM into HDD? I'm concerned about hdd when carrying laptop around in a bag when it's in sleep mode. Or it is Hibernate which ...
2
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0answers
77 views

Making Windows 7 ignore the first click/keystroke when screen is off

I find this functionality very convenient in OS X, any way I can get Windows 7 to behave similarly?
3
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4answers
940 views

How to track which program causes my harddrive to spin up

I have a strange problem: Every half hour one of my hard disks gets powered on again. I recognize this by the sound of a hard disk spinning up. So far I was not able to track which program could ...
3
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1answer
168 views

Windows Power Options Clarification

So I was looking through the Windows 7 power options via Control Panel today, and I realized I had a couple of unresolved questions as to the nature of various choices. I was wondering if someone ...
3
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1answer
270 views

USB device power management?

I'm having a problem with a USB-to-RS485 adapter on Windows XP. This laptop is running a data logging program, and the adapter is connected to a temperature chamber. After a couple of hours of ...
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5answers
9k views

In Windows 7, why won't my display stay off despite the power settings saying it should?

I'm completely stumped by this. My simple use case is that when I'm in bed, I use a cordless mouse to browse the web, watch videos, etc. - the monitor is across the room. When I'm going to sleep, I ...
0
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0answers
66 views

Windows System shutdown on always on

I need ideas as to why this Windows XP system shutdowns. I've edited all the power options to always on. Is there anything else that could maybe be overwriting that? No crashing. Just after x amount ...
0
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0answers
281 views

Logoff user instead of shutting down when PC's shutdown button is pressed?

I know of the Sleep, Do Nothing and sometimes Hibernate options in control panel power management but is there a way to Logoff users when the power button is pressed on the physical machine instead of ...
2
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1answer
115 views

Where does Windows save things as the current system power state?

I'm currently wondering about the place that Windows (XP, Vista, 7) store information like "Windows is running" and so on. I mean, somehow Windows knows when you just power-down your computer that it ...
1
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1answer
978 views

Want to throttle CPU on Windows 7 desktop, but it is ignoring Max CPU setting in Power Options

I want to be able to substantially throttle down the CPU on my desktop, which due to space constraints is in our bedroom and the wife is suspending it each night because of the fan noise. I've tried ...
2
votes
1answer
250 views

One-click way of disabling Windows sleep timers

I am looking for a tiny shortcut icon or small portable exe which runs in the system tray and gives a one-click way of disabling/enabling the display turn-off and system sleep timers in Windows 7. I ...
1
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0answers
145 views

Display automatically shuts off while watching videos

Whenever I'm watching a video streamed over the web, my display will auto-off due to not touching the mouse or keyboard. How can I configure the computer to not timeout like this while watching a ...
31
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3answers
28k views

How do you check how much power a USB port can deliver?

Some laptops have a special USB port that can deliver more power than the other ones. However it is not always easy to identify which one is the good one, nor how much power it can deliver. So is ...
2
votes
4answers
640 views

How do I set my power plan to turn off the display in less than 1 minute?

The lowest setting in a Windows power plan under "Turn off the display" is "one minute". How do I set it for 30 seconds, 15 seconds, et cetera? I found that the shortest idle duration time you can ...
2
votes
3answers
5k views

Laptop fan always on with AC, not always on with battery, despite being configured

My laptop occasionally gets somewhat hot, so I've configured my power plan in Windows 7 so that the fan should always be on whether powered by AC or battery. However the fans don't always run when ...
1
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1answer
155 views

Set password for certain events on Windows 7

Is it possible to configure Windows to ask me for the password after specific events? Like, only prompting for my password after Hibernation or Shut Down, but never after Restart or Suspend?
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0answers
99 views

Why Graphic Card should be installed so we can Hibernate/Sleep our computers? [closed]

I've always wonder why graphic cards should be installed on windows so we can Hibernate/Sleep our computers?
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2answers
928 views

Sleep uses more power than I expect

When my new Dell laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium and 4GB RAM sleeps (not when it hibernates), it will drain the battery overnight. My old Dell laptop with XP Pro (2 GB RAM) could sleep for days ...
0
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1answer
316 views

Stop Windows 7 poweroff on critical error

How do I stop Windows 7 from powering off in the even in the event of a critical system error (or whatever error causes that)?
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5answers
3k views

Forcing Windows to be 'awake' during certain hours?

I'm running Windows 7 and have the power options currently set up to put the machine to sleep after 2 hours of inactivity. Is there any way to force the machine not to sleep between certain hours, or ...
0
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1answer
345 views

Laptop HP530 has the same brightness with battery than with AC power

I have a notebook (HP 530) and I always noticed that with the AC power cable plugged the brightness of the monitor is greater than without it (i guess its to save power when running on battery). But ...
3
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3answers
2k views

Windows 7 PC no longers goes into power saving mode

Recently, my computer stopped honoring the power saving settings. It stays on all the time, even though I have it set to go into sleep mode after 20 minutes of inactivity. It used to work as ...
3
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2answers
1k views

How can I turn off external HDD totally (no not safely remove or auto-off)

There IS a solution for this. The problem.. I lost it. It was a ... hdparm? sdparm? smartmontools? I cant recall it. Anyway, it was using a Linux tool (Win port of it) to turn it off, and Unlocker ...
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2answers
4k views

How to automatically shutdown laptop if unplugged

I want my laptop to shutdown automatically after it gets disconnected from power. Can someone tell me if there exists some app for this for Windows 7
2
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2answers
3k views

How can I make the CPU to switch from “minimum processor state” to “maximum processor state” much much faster?

In Windows 7, in "Power options", the "minimum processor state" is set to 5%. Because of this, some programs are really slow. For example when I compile source code, the compilation time (Delphi 7) is ...
6
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1answer
22k views

Disable “Turn off hard disk after” in windows 7

How can I disable this feature? In the power options apparently I can only choose the minutes and I don't see a "Off" option. If I set it to 0 minutes, it sets itself to 1. For now I set it to ...
0
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2answers
3k views

Turning on laptop on a specific time?

I have Win7 x64 on my Sony AR-890U laptop. Is it possible to turn on my laptop on a specific time ? BTW, I'm not at home for some days and I'm gonna turn on and turn off my laptop repeatedly in these ...
4
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2answers
7k views

is there a way to force a computer into sleep mode at certain times?

for example, to save electricity. Could you make a domain policy that makes a pc go to sleep between the hours of 9 pm and 6 am. You can always turn it back on. It just goes to sleep unless it's ...
4
votes
1answer
714 views

Detect when hard disk goes to sleep

Is it possible to trace when Windows turns off a hard disk (due to the power saving threshold being met)? I'd like to see when (if at all) the disks are being turned off.
7
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3answers
7k views

Why does Windows 7 sometimes forget to turn off my display after X number minutes, even though the power settings are specifically set that way?

This is not just a problem with Windows 7 - I know I've been experiencing this same issue all the way back through XP. Basically, you set your screen to turn off after 5 or 10 minutes, you walk away, ...