Posted 16 July 2006 - 04:31 PM
You can set it to standby and use the keyboard to wake it up.
Power Options overviewUsing Power Options in Control Panel, you can reduce the power consumption of any number of your computer devices or of your entire system. You do this by choosing a power scheme, which is a collection of settings that manages the power usage by your computer. You can create your own power schemes or use the ones provided with Windows.
You can also adjust the individual settings in a power scheme. For example, depending on your hardware, you can:
Turn off your monitor and hard disks automatically to save power.
Put the computer on standby when it is idle. While on standby, your entire computer switches to a low-power state where devices, such as the monitor and hard disks, turn off and your computer uses less power. When you want to use the computer again, it comes out of standby quickly, and your desktop is restored exactly as you left it.
Because Standby does not save your desktop state to disk, a power failure while on Standby can cause you to lose unsaved information, but a uninterruptable power supply (UPS) is always recommended to prevent your computer from becoming damaged if the electric goes out or there is a power surge (even while you're sitting at the computer) as can happen even if there is no lightening - the power company cause it just by switching generators which they all do from time to time.
Most UPS devices come with software to automatically shut down your computer, monitor and broadband modem after the period off time you set it to. You can often get one on sale adaquate for the average computer for less than $50. Very cheap insurance!
To use Windows Power Options, you must have a computer that is set up by the manufacturer to support these features. For more information, see the documentation that came with your computer or go to your control panel and click on the power options icon and examine the choices you can make.