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Problem with leaving PC on overnight

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by mrochester, 13 Jul 2006.

  1. mrochester

    Soldato

    Joined: 29 Sep 2003

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    Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

    Hi there. Occassionally I leave my PC on overnight because it is busy doing something. However, by the morning I can pretty much guarantee that it will have crashed and I'll have to hit the reset button. Upon turning the monitor on, it is in standby mode, but no amount of mashing the keyboard or moving the mouse brings it out. The actual PC does seem to respond to things though... the hard disk had some activity when I disconnected and reconnected the bluetooth dongle and when I inserted a DVD. So it almost seems as if the computer is fully active, it's just that the graphics card or monitor refuses to wake up. Any advice as to how I can find out what's going on?

    Cheers,

    Michael.
     
  2. Blue Cypher

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Dec 2005

    Posts: 1,687

    Location: Sheffield

    My pc does this as well its a standby mode, or power saving feature and i also do not know how to get it to come back on, i should really and i did at one point but i have forgotten and i just cannot remember how to for the life at me! so i too would like to know how to get the thng back on.
     
  3. mrochester

    Soldato

    Joined: 29 Sep 2003

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    Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

    I've taken a look in Event Viewer and the last thing that happened at 2:09am was Win Defender performing a scan. There were no errors or warnings. The next event after this was when I restarted the computer this morning.
     
  4. ted34

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Edinburgh

    Go into power options and tell it to stop being lazy
     
  5. mrochester

    Soldato

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    Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

    That isn't much use when the rest of the time you want the monitor to go into standby mode after 10 minutes or so.
     
  6. Mr Men

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 5 May 2006

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    Location: PSN

    You can set the monitor to go to standby on its own, leaving the rest of the PC running fine
     
  7. mrochester

    Soldato

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    That's exactly what it does then in the morning the monitor won't come out of standby mode. The PC doesn't go into standby mode, it remains switched on.
     
  8. babyface uk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Aug 2003

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    Location: Lazytown

    set the monitor not to go into standby mode, then turn it off at the button.

    Babyface UK
     
  9. Bezinator

    Gangster

    Joined: 10 Jul 2006

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    Location: Brighton

    Normally spacebar does the trick, just tap it once and the monitor should come back.

    Is your keyboard USB? On my dads comp sometimes the keyboard would like go into standby mode as well meaning u could not bring back the monitor.

    I know its out on a limb, maybe try and PS2 connected keyboard if u use a USB and try that :eek:
     
  10. t31os

    Mobster

    Joined: 24 May 2006

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    Location: Surrey - UK

    I have my monitor go into standby most nights.

    I use a USB keyboard and a USB mouse, space bar or a click on the mouse button works fine for me.....
     
  11. mrochester

    Soldato

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    Then I have to keep changing the setting for when I do want the monitor to go into standby mode.

    The keyboard and mouse are both USB. Tapping a key or moving the mouse brings the monitor out of standby mode just about every other time, it just doens't seem to like doing it after the computer has been on all night.
     
  12. t31os

    Mobster

    Joined: 24 May 2006

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    Location: Surrey - UK

    Check you bios settings, you could try enabling wake on usb, if the mobo has and its turned off already. Long shot, but you never know.
     
  13. G.O.A.T

    Gangster

    Joined: 9 Mar 2005

    Posts: 368

    Location: Birmingham

    I don't bother with standby mode at all, I usually leave the PC on overnight downloading etc and just flick the monitor off completely.