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My Pc Will Not Go Into Hibernation After 3 Hrs


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#1 Bone Idol

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 04:02 PM

HI all.

I've checked out this topic using the search option, but there's no help there.

What I've been trying to do, unsuccesfully, is set my computer to shutdown in hibernation mode after a period of 3 hours. It just doesn't happen.

I go to Power Options in Control Panel and set the monitor to switch off after 10 mins -- and the computer to go into hibernation after 3 hours.

During this time I run my ZoneAlarm anti-virus app. - which usually scans for around 2hrs 30mins.

The monitor switches off, but hibernation doesn't occur. However - if I do these settings so that the monitor is set to go off in 10mins, and hibernation in (say) 15mins - it all works fine.

The best shutdown system I've seen is with my ConvertXtoDVD which has an optional PC shutdown feature after converting and burning files to DVD disc. It's a shame that ZoneAlarm and other applications which dramatically slow down ones internet activies don't all have an inbuilt PC shutdown option.

I'd appreciate any help with this.

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 05:10 PM

Will it go if you set it for 4 hours? I wonder if it's something in Zone Alarm that isn't releasing the system - so it's not able to hibernate.
Does it hibernate after 3 hours if you don't do the Zone Alarm scan?
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Posted 05 February 2008 - 07:38 PM

I go to Power Options in Control Panel and set the monitor to switch off after 10 mins -- and the computer to go into hibernation after 3 hours.

During this time I run my ZoneAlarm anti-virus app. - which usually scans for around 2hrs 30mins.

Will it shut down 3 hours after ZoneAlarm finishes, a total of 5 hrs:30 minutes?

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 02:20 AM

Thank you both very much for your interest.

After fiddling around for two days with the Power Option settings, I finally found the solution.

I know from my Googling that a lot of people are having a problem with this. Microsoft admits its an inbuilt problem of faulty design.

If anyone would like me to post up the solution, let me know. It will have to be in the form of a series of screenshots. It's too much for me to explain.

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Update: I spoke too soon. It won't hibernate if the time is set for more than around 30mins.

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Update: Ah! This is more within my budget.

http://pcwin.com/Utilities/TOff/index.htm

There really are times when I feel like picking up a baseball bat...

Can someone please interpret this sentence for me.

"When TOff starts it sets its controls for the previously used power operation set for one hour ahead of the current time".

http://www.dennisbabkin.com/php/docs.php?what=TOff

Edited by Bone Idol, 06 February 2008 - 05:01 AM.


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Posted 06 February 2008 - 06:51 PM

The TOFF auto-shutdown software (Free) looks great, but incredibly they haven't included any instructions on how to operate it.

http://www.dennisbabkin.com/php/download.php?what=TOff

http://pcwin.com/Utilities/TOff/index.htm

For instance - how do you cancel or turn off a setting? There's no cancel or disable button.

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 11:42 PM

Mine has refused to standby off and on throughout its life. It's in one of its "off" phases right now. I'm pretty sure my firewall is what keeps it awake. I set it to turn off the monitor in 3 hrs, which it does, and the HD in 5 hrs, but I don't think it actually does that. I'm a firm believer that powering up and down frequently fries the system significantly faster than necessary. When electrical components pop, it most frequently happens at power-up.
Sometimes I turn mine off at night, more often in the summer because of lightening.




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