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Windows 7: Sleep mode activated when PC not idle - why?

29 Nov 2012   #21
unbob

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
Some programs may have a "prevent idling to sleep" option while they are running, and it sounds like that is what you want.
Yes, but more accurately, I want my backup program (for example) to "suppress sleep mode activation while running".

I don't understand why Win7 doesn't have a program attribute that could be specified by the user to do this very thing (ie, "while this program is running do not enter sleep mode").


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29 Nov 2012   #22
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Some Backup programs have options that can prevent sleeping.
Have you checked your Backup program documentation or forum for this?
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29 Nov 2012   #23
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unbob View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
Some programs may have a "prevent idling to sleep" option while they are running, and it sounds like that is what you want.
Yes, but more accurately, I want my backup program (for example) to "suppress sleep mode activation while running".

I don't understand why Win7 doesn't have a program attribute that could be specified by the user to do this very thing (ie, "while this program is running do not enter sleep mode").
Here is an article that pretty much says what these guys have said. It might answer some questions for you. https://support.sosonlinebackup.com/...e-is-turned-on
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29 Nov 2012   #24
cytherian

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I'll bet you that the paid version of Macrium Reflect has this sleep control in it.

Otherwise, I suggestion one of the following:
  • Determine your average backup time and change your sleep time to this plus some padding of minutes
  • Turn off automatic sleep and launch your backup program using a shell that will follow with a command to put the computer to sleep once the backup program completes (see nircmd)
  • Switch to backup software that has sleep mode control
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29 Nov 2012   #25
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

unbob let me see if I understand this correctly. You don't like how Windows 7 sleep mode works when you are backing up. Thats okay, some like it and some don't. It has been explained how Windows Sleep works and how you can change some settings that might help but they don't solve your problem. You have been given suggestion on 3rd party program you might want to investigate to see if they will meet your needs. If I understand you correctly (post # 15) your main concern is that you are on solar power so you need to backup using the least amount of power possible. My understanding is a back up will use what ever power is needed no mater what mode the computer is in to complete the backup job. I don't know of any laptop that will draw enough power in any mode to effect any quality solar system installed for use in a dwelling. The point being, I don't think what every method or program you decide on for your back up will effect your solar power system.
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29 Nov 2012   #26
cytherian

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

^ He really should have said that he runs on "battery power"... the solar cells recharge the batteries; he doesn't run directly off of the solar cells.
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29 Nov 2012   #27
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

cytherian thank you. I have a better understanding now.
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29 Nov 2012   #28
cytherian

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

No problem, Mr. Bear. Incidentally, ever seen this polar bear video?
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29 Nov 2012   #29
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

No not until now. It just shows how wonderful Polar Bears are.
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29 Nov 2012   #30
unbob

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cytherian View Post
I'll bet you that the paid version of Macrium Reflect has this sleep control in it.

Otherwise, I suggestion one of the following:
  • Determine your average backup time and change your sleep time to this plus some padding of minutes
  • Turn off automatic sleep and launch your backup program using a shell that will follow with a command to put the computer to sleep once the backup program completes (see nircmd)
  • Switch to backup software that has sleep mode control
  • Your 2nd suggestion is probably the best solution for me. The NirCmd command-line utility looks like a very handy tool and I'll research further to see if I can use it. Thanks for your post.
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