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Oversleeping Hard Drive?

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#1 donpong


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Posted 15 February 2007 - 06:15 PM

My original 40G Western Digital hard drive died and was replaced with a new 80G WD HDD and reinstalled WinXP Home edition with all the appropriate updates. While every thing else is functioning ok, there is a problem when the PC sits idle for long periods (one or more hours) and when the Power Options are set to 'Turn off Monitor' and 'Turn off Hard disks'. After an idle period, I must reboot each time to get my DSL connection reactivated. I am not fully understanding of the power options to determine if it responsible for this problem
Thanks for any guidance offered.

Moderator Edit: Moved topic to more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Edited by Animal, 15 February 2007 - 11:53 PM.

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 11:59 PM

There are a few things you can do to keep your DSL connection active or reduce the number of times you have to reboot. The easiest thing you can do is to manually disconnect from the Internet when you are going to be away from the computer for a while. By manually disconnecting your PPPoE session, you eliminate the chance that the link will fail or become corrupt when the PC enters a standby mode. This gracefully shuts down the connection, clears your user information from the ISP, and releases the IP addresses assigned via DHCP in an orderly manner. And although this does negate the always-on feature of your DSL, it at least provides you with a better chance of resuming your connection and getting back online without rebooting the entire system.

Click here for the complete article, titled Lost DSL Connections
Keep Digital Subscriber Line Accounts Online & Active
. Scroll down about half way to the section heading of, What Can I Do To Keep Things Working?

Hope this is of some help

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