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

29 Nov 2012   #31
unbob

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cytherian View Post
^ 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.
Yes, of course, I'm running on battery power which is charged by my solar panels during the day.


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29 Nov 2012   #32
Injust

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29 Nov 2012   #33
unbob

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No. That is not my main concern - in fact it has nothing to do with my concern.

My concern is that sleep mode (as defined by Mr. Softy) actually means "put the computer into sleep mode if the user is idle". It has nothing to with whether the computer is idle or not. That makes no sense to me.

To prove my point, if the user initiates one or more programs which are actively running and performing work, and the user either falls asleep, drops dead or leaves the computer to do whatever, sleep mode is entered after x minutes (assuming the sleep mode feature is "turned-on").

Yes, I understand how Win7 sleep mode works - no, I don't agree with it's implementation.
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29 Nov 2012   #34
Injust

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Yup, it's when the USER is idle, so when the computer detects no keyboard/mouse input for X time.
LOL@the user dropping dead
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29 Nov 2012   #35
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Post #15 by unbob
If there are no application programs running, I don't want the PC sitting there for 2 hours and wasting power (I'm solar powered so that's a big deal).

Sorry I though that something that is a big deal was a concern.
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29 Nov 2012   #36
Layback Bear

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This might be of some help.
ROBOCOPY - Create Backup Script
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29 Nov 2012   #37
unbob

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Post #15 by unbob
If there are no application programs running, I don't want the PC sitting there for 2 hours and wasting power (I'm solar powered so that's a big deal).

Sorry I though that something that is a big deal was a concern.
My point is that my #1 concern (and the topic of this thread) is the way sleep mode functions. The topic here is not how to prevent wasting power.

Of course, I don't want to waste power - doesn't everyone?
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29 Nov 2012   #38
unbob

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SetThreadExecutionState function

I think this is what I've been looking for ...

SetThreadExecutionState function

"Enables an application to inform the system that it is in use, thereby preventing the system from entering sleep or turning off the display while the application is running."

Exactly!
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29 Nov 2012   #39
unbob

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
This might be of some help.
ROBOCOPY - Create Backup Script
Thank you. I'm running 3 different local backup programs now - plus 2 online upload to the "cloud" programs. Not sure why I would need to run ROBOCOPY.
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29 Nov 2012   #40
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
Re nircmd, has this function: "Put your computer in 'standby' mode". Is that the same as "sleep mode"?

The nircmd page does not mention "sleep" at all.
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