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    PC does not activate after HDD switches off!

    I have found this problem occur on multiple PC's throughout our training center. Can anyone advise me as to why/what the problem is that coauses the following:

    In our training rooms we have the instructor PC hooked up to a projector. (I refer to this as it might be the culprit too???) Anyways, when i come back from a 45min lunch break, i move the mouse to re-activate the PC. The windows settings are that screen-saver activates after 20min, then at 30min the hard drive switches off. I can wiggle the mouse as roughly as i want, i can hit all the keys on the KB, but try what you may...the PC does NOT re-activate!!! I would have to do a full reboot on the thing~!

    I have changed the power options to switch off the HDD after 3 hours on some PC's or on others disabled the power options altogether. Does anyone know why/what causes this to happen? Any bright out of the box ideas that i have not thought of yet?
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    Re: PC does not activate after HDD switches off!

    Surely a 5 minute luch break is sufficient to wolf down a pizza slice? <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: PC does not activate after HDD switches off!

    not when you have to pick out all the artichokes...
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    Re: PC does not activate after HDD switches off!

    How do you do a "...full reboot on the thing"?
    Have you tried pressing the power button briefly? - this is sometimes how a laptop is encouraged out of it's hibernating mode.
    Have you <img src=/S/rtfm.gif border=0 alt=rtfm width=24 height=23>???

    Otherwise, I would be inclined to leave the HD's running. As someone who believes in leaving PC's (not laptops) running 24hrs a day, my instinct is that less harm is done to the HD by leaving it running than in powering it down and then up again.

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    Re: PC does not activate after HDD switches off!

    I agree with Leif about the hard drive power thing. I quit allowing it a long time ago (Win98 I admit) when I had your apparent lockup problem. Also, what screensaver are you using? Some of those, even the MS variety, have been known to cause problems. Switch to the "black screen" one that doesn't do any graphics and see what happens.

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    Re: PC does not activate after HDD switches off!

    What are the settings when you go to "Control Panel, Power Options" and then the "Hibernation" tab?
    If "Hibernation" is checked remove it!

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: PC does not activate after HDD switches off!

    Hi....thanx all for your responses.

    It seems I will need to live with the fact that it may occur, as the problem is encountered on different PC's at different times. (In a training location with 10 classes, where the PC's are ghosted and new images installed at regular times!)

    Just in answering the Q's:
    The screen saver is on blank...loaded by the image!
    And Hibernation is not on by default.

    Tx all!
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    Re: PC does not activate after HDD switches off!

    "And Hibernation is not on by default"
    Whose default, MS default is ON?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: PC does not activate after HDD switches off!

    The image default. (Sorry if that was unclear).

    When the Ghost image is run, it reformats the harddrive and reloads windows and office and any other app's! As a setting in Ghost, it loads windows where the hibernate feature is de-activated.

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