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"Quick: What's the difference between putting your PC in Hibernate or Standby mode? Yeah, we weren't sure either. Luckily the Productivity Portfolio weblog schools us on the finer details of Windows XP power schemes. Using Standby:
Your machine recovers quickly as your data is stored in RAM. The slower part is waking up the peripherals. Although your machine is in "standby" the power has been cut to items such as your hard drive and monitor. You're running your machine in a very low power mode, but it is still on. This mode can be useful if you're on a notebook and need to conserve your battery while you step away.
The big difference is that your PC has shut down and is not pulling power. Another difference is that your data is saved to your hard disk and not RAM. This makes it a safer, but slower option for shut down and resume.
Not all PCs have the capability and are configured to Hibernate. If yours is, to see the Hibernate option on your XP shutdown screen, hold down the Shift key when you shut down."
To enable hibernate go to the Control> Power Opttions> Click on the Hibernate tab and enable hibernate.
To enable sleep mode right click on your desktop> click Properties> click on the Screensaver Tab> in the Monitor Power section click Power> when that window opens up, click the Power schemes tab . Under the section "Settings for Home/Office desk power schemes," change the setting for your monitor to turn off after ____ minutes. Under the section "Settings for Home/Office desk power schemes," change the setting for your monitor to turn off after ____ minutes. (Recommended time is 5 minutes). This means that if there is no activity on your computer for more than 5 minutes, the monitor will go into "sleep mode." As soon as you touch your keyboard or mouse, it will reactivate again.http://www.resourceconservation.mb.ca/wrw/...s/computer.html
Edited by dc3, 16 December 2007 - 12:21 PM.