Power options: can I wake from Standby with the keyboard?


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Inter Hagel

It seems that now my only option to wake the computer from Standby is to
push the power button on it. It would be nice if I didn't have to do that
and could wake it from the keyboard or mouse somehow. Does anyone know if
that's possible?
 
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SC Tom

Inter Hagel said:
It seems that now my only option to wake the computer from Standby is to
push the power button on it. It would be nice if I didn't have to do that
and could wake it from the keyboard or mouse somehow. Does anyone know if
that's possible?

Since you are posting in an XP group, I will assume you are running Windows
XP of some flavor.
Open Device Manager. Look under Keyboards, whatever your keyboard is (mine
is "Standard 101/102-key or MS Natural Keyboard"), and on the Power
Management tab, put a mark in "Allow this device to bring the computer out
of standby."
Do the same thing with your mouse settings.
This doesn't work with my wireless mouse, and didn't work with one of my USB
keyboards, but works fine with my MS USB keyboard and my original PS2 one.

SC Tom
 
M

ManyBeers

Inter Hagel said:
It seems that now my only option to wake the computer from Standby is to
push the power button on it. It would be nice if I didn't have to do that
and could wake it from the keyboard or mouse somehow. Does anyone know if
that's possible?

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Are you sure you're in Standby and not Hibernation? Because if you are
Hibernating moving the mouse or striking a key will not wake the computer.
 
I

Inter Hagel

It seems that now my only option to wake the computer from Standby is to
Are you sure you're in Standby and not Hibernation? Because if you are
Hibernating moving the mouse or striking a key will not wake the computer.

I'm in Standby. Hibernation didn't work for me. Took too long. Standby is
great.
I wonder - are there differences in the Standby to On time for different
motherboards? What controls this? If it popped on in a flash, many more
people would use Standby - and save significant amounts of electricity.
 
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Jose

I'm in Standby.  Hibernation didn't work for me.  Took too long.  Standby is
great.
I wonder - are there differences in the Standby to On time for different
motherboards?  What controls this?  If it popped on in a flash, many more
people would use Standby - and save significant amounts of electricity.

Stand By uses more power than Hibernation and introduces more risk to
your data in the event of a power failure.
 
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Inter Hagel

It seems that now my only option to wake the computer from Standby is
Stand By uses more power than Hibernation and introduces more risk to
your data in the event of a power failure.

Well I noticed that when I use the keyboard power options the fans don't
stop running.
When I don't use them the fans turn off in Standby.
Is there a way of using Hibernation and having it wake up faster? What
parameters in the computer aid the startup time I wonder? And how long is a
typical startup time from Hibernation?
 
S

SC Tom

Inter Hagel said:
Well I noticed that when I use the keyboard power options the fans don't
stop running.
When I don't use them the fans turn off in Standby.
Is there a way of using Hibernation and having it wake up faster? What
parameters in the computer aid the startup time I wonder? And how long is
a typical startup time from Hibernation?

"Typical" times depend on a lot on the hardware installed and what level it
is. My 4 year old XP Home SP3 PC goes from hibernation to usable in less
than 45 seconds, and only takes about 30 seconds to go into hibernation.
Like Jose said, if you are in standby and the power goes off, you'll lose
anything you hadn't saved before going into standby (unless you're plugged
into a UPS). With hibernation, you can unplug it from the wall if you wanted
to and it will still start in the same state it was when you shut it down.
Standby may be quicker by a few seconds, but hibernation is safer.

SC Tom
 
B

Bob

The difference in the amount of power saved is insignificant.

As long as you save your work (which you should be doing often anyway) the
risk of Standby is insignificant as well.

I'm in Standby. Hibernation didn't work for me. Took too long. Standby is
great.
I wonder - are there differences in the Standby to On time for different
motherboards? What controls this? If it popped on in a flash, many more
people would use Standby - and save significant amounts of electricity.

Stand By uses more power than Hibernation and introduces more risk to
your data in the event of a power failure.
 
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Bob I

The harddrive speed and the amount of system memory you are retrieving
from it. System dependent.
 
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