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  1. cyberpac9

    cyberpac9 Thread Starter

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    i'm almost embarrassed to ask this question, but how do you know if Standby is working?

    i know when hibernate is working cause i hit the power button to bring it back to its previous state...however, i am working on writing an application and need to use standby, so last night i was trying out standby on my pc...i set it to shutdown the HDD after a time period and go to standby (which brings me to another question - when using standby, should you set the system to go to standby BEFORE turning of HDD or vice-versa? meaning, i have it set to go to standby in 15 mins and turn off HDD in 20 mins, or should that be the other way?)...i come back an hour later and the fans are running - which i suspect is due to my USB mouse enabled to bring it out of standby and i'll change this feature this evening...so i hit a key on the keyboard and it almost instantly came back to my desktop, almost like i only had the monitor go off after a time period...

    so how do you know if standby is working?
     
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    Question is do you have a LCD monitor without a CRT? Or do you have a monitor with a CRT?

    If you have the LCD tube with no CRT (Tube) then you do not need all of that power saving stuff working and you can set the power settings to never and turn off the Hibernation and stand-by modes and if you want just leave the screen saver working although you do not need that either.

    How do you know if they are working? Actually with all of them turned on you don't know what you do is turn off all of them except one and let teh computer sit idle until it decides to turn on.
     
  3. cyberpac9

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    i have an LCD...but wouldn't using Standby decrease my energy usage, even if just a little? also, i was looking at using standby and having it turn off HDD thinking it would not produce as much heat, etc...

    and what i meant by "how do i know" is how does the computer react when waking up from Standby? hibernation actually goes through what looks like a normal boot process and restores the desktop - which tells me it is working...what does Standby do?
     
  4. ozrom1e

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    If you are using a laptop then these settings would be in order but when using hibernation, stand-by and screen saver along with the power settings can cause a problem with the computer coming back up after being on for any period of time. Desktop turn them all off you really do not need them and for desktop there is no energy savings just for laptops.
     
  5. cyberpac9

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    ok, i thought there was still a difference in electricity usage even for desktops...

    thanks for the replies...
     
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