I have an old Dell 4700C that I would like to put out in my shop to use to backup the hard drive for the machine in my house. I don't really want this thing running all the time, only when I want to actually run the backup. I was hoping to use WOL to turn the PC remotely, run the backup and then shut it down.
The 4700C has 'Remote Wake Up', but per documentation:

The computer can be powered up remotely from the suspend or standby modes only.

I'm running Windows 7 in my house and and can run Windows XP or Ubuntu on the 4700c. My budget is limited, so I'm trying to make the hardware I currently have work.

I really do not want to leave this PC running even in standby. Is there anyway to get around the motherboard's requirement to have the computer in a suspended state and have it be off until I tell it to wake up?

(@Keltari has recommended I check into a BIOS update, which I haven't been able to do yet)

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    If it doesn't support it, it doesn't support it. You need a different one that does. You can probably get a used computer that has that functionality for a couple/few hundred dollars. What's your question that you need help with? Feb 4, 2013 at 23:34
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    @techie007 Why the hostility? I'm looking for expert advice, a second opinion, professional expertise. If I have I posted to the wrong forum, let me know. If I have insulted you, I apologize. There are so many tools and workarounds out there that I don't know about; I was hoping to receive good quality responses, not down votes.
    – Airn5475
    Feb 5, 2013 at 13:23
  • No hostility here; just trying to make the comment short and to the point. If you want quality answers, you need to post a question about a specific problem. "This computer says it doesn't support feature "X", how can I make it do "X" anyway?" Isn't really an answerable problem (IMO). PS: I didn't down-vote you. :) Feb 5, 2013 at 21:02
  • @techie007 Sorry for accusing you of the downvote. I was a little perturbed by the immediate negative reaction to my question. Like I said originally I am not a hardware guru. When I have posted a question whose simple answer is 'No', I simply expect people to answer 'No'. I find a down vote a little harsh. I feel like Keltari understood what I was asking and offered something worth trying. If that's the best the group can do, I can handle that. I just wanted to ask and maybe get some ideas from others who have done this kind of thing before. My apologies for posting a terrible ques.
    – Airn5475
    Feb 7, 2013 at 0:18
  • Questions are automatically downvoted when they're closed as Not a real question or Off topic.
    – slhck
    Feb 7, 2013 at 11:42

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This is a slim chance, but check for BIOS updates for that machine. Sometimes they add some functionality to onboard devices. You may get lucky with better WoL support.

Also, you may get around this with a new ethernet card with WoL support.

  • +1 for suggesting a BIOS update. NIC adapters that support WoL still require a MB that supports it as well. Feb 4, 2013 at 23:35
  • @Keltari Thanks for the response, I'll check for BIOS updates.
    – Airn5475
    Feb 5, 2013 at 13:25

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