Quote: Originally Posted by silkman
Thanks for the replies everyone so far, however I would welcome any replies regarding the OT.
I, too, have seen the same symptom... but in the costume of "hibernation" rather than "sleep". I can be running my backups, and as long as I haven't touched the keyboard or mouse for the specified time interval the system just decides it's ok to go into hibernation... RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF A BACKUP!!!
And yet, there do appear to be components from Microsoft (WMP and WMC in particular) that do seem to prevent these sleep/hibernate functions from kicking in. Apparently these Microsoft components count as keyboard/mouse "touches", whereas 3rd-party vendor products do not.
I don't know of anyway around this, other than what's already been suggested namely to just disable sleep/hibernation during the time period that you're running your backups or watching your videos. You can put it back to whatever you want after you're done... if you want sleep/hibernate to happen automatically
Alternatively, my backup software allows running a command-file before and after the job, so I can take advantage of that and run the "powercfg.exe" program to disable or enable whatever I want whenever I want.
But my true solution is simply to specify "NEVER" for both sleep and hibernation. I don't want Windows interfering with anything I'm doing, ever! Instead I use HIBERNATION, entered manually, when I don't need my machine for an extended period.
If I know I'm going out for the afternoon or evening and don't need the machine then I will MANUALLY ENTER HIBERNATION. Hibernation is, of course, the safest way to go into any type of "offline" status, and is also obviously the best way to truly maximize power savings (namely... THE MACHINE IS POWERED OFF). Coming back from hibernation is not as fast as coming back from sleep (which is fine by me), but significantly faster (which is good) than coming all the way back up from true cold "shut down".
I've never used sleep. Doesn't really turn the machine off, and while it's a lower-power state it still is not OFF. When I am not going to be using my computer for a while I want total quiet and no noise at all, no heat generated, and virtually zero electricity being used. That's hibernation (and I also power my monitors and speakers off as I leave the room).