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    Power Options time again (Pro SP2)

    After a long period of avoidance dating back to NT4, it seem time for me to revisit Control Panel -> Power Options for the PCs (I'm not considering laptops here...) at work, since we are supposed to be an ecologically-friendly organisation and also it gets hot in the office.

    Since Standby does not save the contents of memory, it seems well worth avoiding this, in case someone inadvertently powers off the PC using the Power button, while trying to return the PC to normal operation.

    So it's down to Hibernate.
    If Hibernate is selected from the Hibernate tab, you have a whole range of time options in the Power Schemes tab. If you chose a lower time for "Turn off Monitor" and/or "Turn off hard disks" one assumes that these happen first, then however much time later, the system hibernates. I presume the hard disk has to be turned on again to save all the hibernate information to disk, though!

    In practice, I presume you just set the "Turn off hard disk" to Never, and let the hibernate process turn it off.

    So, my questions are: have people had any trouble with Hibernate in XP on newer computers? On older ones? I haven't come across anywhere information to say whether the Hibernate settings are system-wide (like monitor resolution) or on a per-user basis.

    John

    PS You wouldn't ever (try to) hibernate a server, now, would you!
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    Re: Power Options time again (Pro SP2)

    "PS You wouldn't ever (try to) hibernate a server, now, would you!" NEVER

    As for hibernation, when it kicks in, ALL open data and programs are copied to the user account hibernation file. Then the machine goes to sleep. When waking up machine one MUST wait until ALL data and open programs are recopied back to memory, this can take a long time. Some people will NOT wait long enough and just turn off and restart machine. I have seen a newer machine that can take 10 minutes to wake up, as the user has every thing in the book open. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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

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    Re: Power Options time again (Pro SP2)

    We use hibernation regularly on a notebook at work without any problems. Generally, we make sure that only notification area apps are running when we force it into hibernation (option when closing the lid). BTW, the notebook is less than a year old.

    I agree with Dave in that you should NEVER hiberate a server.

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    Re: Power Options time again (Pro SP2)

    I am very opinionated about Power Options. I totally agree about the server, It should be on or off. A laptop does extemely well with hibernation. I find that standby is not all that usefull for a laptop. Now, I believe desktops should use standby, never hibernation and if you are away for more than an hour or two just shut it down. You mentioned heat in the office and that spells trouble for any computer. You would be surprised at the amount of heat (and power usage) a CRT vs LCD monitor gives off. If it was not for the cooling system in your tower(s) they would melt in short order. In my office we only use laptops, not any towers for a couple of years. Some of us have large (24" widescreen, Dell 2405) LCD monitors to use while in the office and all of the laptops are set to use hibernation not standby so if you need to wake up you must push the power button.

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