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Windows 7: Won't sleep - just goes back to desktop

28 Oct 2009   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

It might be poorly written chipset drivers, or a problem with the OS interacting with the BIOS. Do you have any updated chipset drivers available, or perhaps a BIOS update available?

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28 Oct 2009   #12

Windows 7 64-bit

Thanks for that.
I am on the latest Asus BIOS for the P6T Deluxe V2.
I tried to install the Intel ICH10R drivers v but the setup file didn't seem to do anything. It says they were installed, but it was too quick!
How can I check in Device Manager if the latest version has been installed?
As I said in an earlier post, I didn't have this problem until I installed the actual retail version of W7. All other builds were fine, and also OSX86 sleeps perfectly too.
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28 Oct 2009   #13

Windows Seven x64

Um well im sure this has been in brinks guide but power options go to change plan settings then go to changed adv power settings scroll down to multimedia settings and on there for the setting select, [allow the computer to sleep]. It helped me out on vista but then waking up from sleep on that was a pain having to pull usb plugs so i never used it. Now im happy that it works on W7, i hope it can work for you.

*Also trying posting your settings, so we can see it, not that it might help .
Ill just post mine so it you can see what you do and if its different if any help at all.

Power Plan- High Performance
Display off in 2 hours
Put the computer to sleep- Never

Password for wakeup-No
Turn off disk after- 20 mins
Desktop background settings slide show- available
Wireless adapter settings- Lower power saving
Sleep after -Never
Allow Hybrid sleep- on
Hibernate after- Never
Allow wake timers- enable
USB selective suspend setting- enabled
Power button action- shutdown
sleep button action- sleep
PCI Express Link state power management- off
Min. Processor state- 30%
Cooling Policy- active
Max. Processor state 100%
Display, turn off- after 120 mins

Multimedia settings
when sharing media- allow sleep
when playing video - optimize video quality
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28 Oct 2009   #14

Windows 7 64-bit

Thanks for that.
I have the same settings as you and the problem is the same.
Select sleep, screen goes blank, and immediately just returns to desktop. No other activity at all.
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28 Oct 2009   #15

Windows 7

I have a similar issues with my MSI Wind U100 netbook, ever since Windows 7 came out it has had trouble turning off the screen or going into sleep mode.

Seems like a video card issue, even with the latest drivers installed for Windows 7.
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28 Oct 2009   #16

Windows Seven x64

[Try] the USB selective suspend setting disabled, based on looking at your report with the Errors.

I also noticed your ACHI controllers , trying finding the newer ones and or installing the previous one if. Usually windows update doesn't include the ACHI drivers for your motherboard so you would have to surf the web.

and do you have a printer installed (namely HP, because remembering back, those stupid printers hp gives would screw with me, with their drivers installed.
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28 Oct 2009   #17

Windows 7 64-bit

OK, thanks again.
I tried changing the USB setting, and installing the newest Intel I could find on Guru3D for the ACHI/chipset. But, no change.
What sort of energy report do you guys get? I mean, are these USB errors (in post #1) normal?
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28 Oct 2009   #18

Windows Seven x64

I think so, i checked mind for you and i got the usb suspended error. The energy report is supposed to help you use your power more wisely..based of this

How to Run an Energy Report on Windows 7 |

so that might not help your problem.
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29 Oct 2009   #19

Windows 7 64-bit

OK guys, I've sussed it.
It was because W7 wasn't on the boot drive!
I dual boot with OSX86 and W7 from the OSX drive. Changing the boot drive to W7 sorted out the sleep issue. It occurred to me that this could be the problem as I couldn't get W7 to install unless it was to the boot drive, so I had to change the boot order for installation and then back again to get my dual boot working.
All I have to do now is decide whether I want dual boot or Windows sleep!
Does anyone know a workaround for this? Will EasyBCD work or will it screw up my Snow Leopard install?
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02 Nov 2009   #20

Tripple booting - Windows 7 + OSX Leopard + Ubuntu 9.10

Hi imacken

I knew that we must have something in common that was causing this and I knew that it wasn't just something in the release version of Windows 7. I had W7 sleeping fine right up until today when I finally got OSK and Ubuntu installed.

The thing is, I use GRUB2 (default with Ubuntu 9.10) and the only reason I didn't install it to the first partition (Windows 7 partition) is that I'd had all sorts of problems getting OSX to work and whenever I used something like Chameleon it messed up my Win7 loader and I had to launch the repair tools from the Win7 CD to get it fixed (several times this happened) so I thought I'd play safe and install GRUB2 to the 4th partition (Ubuntu ext4 partition) and make that active, then if it all went wrong I could just make Partition 1 active again and still have Windows 7 working.
Now of course as Partition 1 isn't active my sleep is broken!

To fix this then I could just trust GRUB2 and install it to Partition 1 and then Windows 7 should be happy enough to sleep. I can always recover using the repair tools again if i need to.

Maybe you can do something similar with a third party bootloader?
There is WinGRUB (GRUB4DOS and WINGRUB | Get GRUB4DOS and WINGRUB at but I couldn't work it out to be honest.

P.S. OT but How did you get Snow Leopard to install? ;-)
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