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The computer that never sleeps


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#1 BigD_NC

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 09:26 AM

Hi there, in the "old days" when I was done with my computer I left it on, but after a certain amount of time it went to "sleep". That is the next day when I went to the computer room it was silent.

Now when I go it, the fan is still running and it sounds as if it is churning out spreadsheets. After a night of non-use.

Last night I logged out of my profile to see if perhaps something was running in the background but it still didn't sleep.

Also I noticed that the computer is slow on start-up, so I'm wondering if perhaps there is a background process running? I have worked with my startup list and have the minimum running so I don't think it's a startup application.

Any guesses??

Thanks.

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 09:39 AM

You've checked the power settings/options in Control Panel?

If they are all set to "never", well...it's self-explanatory.

If you want to troubleshoot processes running...then you need to look at Task Manager, Process Manager, and such.

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 06:30 PM

That's what I'm saying, on startup there are no programs running.

All the others, i don't know what is critical to running the computer and what isn't.

As for CP settings, it is set to sleep at 10 minutes, hibernate never. In sleep mode should the fan (I assume it's the fan running) be running non-stop?

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 06:46 PM

<<That's what I'm saying, on startup there are no programs running.>>

You may not realize it...but there are a ton of things running at startup on any system...Windows processes, drivers, and software startup items. If you want to get an idea of the variety and types...download/install AutoRuns for Windows - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinte...s/bb963902.aspx.

There are also any number of processes (I would say, at least 20) that are running all the time and which should be reflected in Task Manager.

I can't answer any questions about sleep mode, I've never used it.

IMO...if the CPU is still working, the CPU fan should be running. If the system has any power supplied...the PSU fan should be working.

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Edited by hamluis, 04 August 2010 - 06:46 PM.





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