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Windows 7: Windows 7 will not sleep when idle

19 Feb 2010   #1
Sunburn74

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Windows 7 will not sleep when idle

Hi. I've been using windows 7 ultimate for almost 3 months now without any problems. However, a new issue has recently cropped up over the last three days (or so it seems). Essentially, my PC will S3 sleep when told to sleep manually, but will never idle to sleep.

I've checked power settings for USB devices, network cards, audio cards, turned off all sidebar programs, turned off every program I have running in the background, and pretty much every trick I could think of, but none of them work (including the infamous media sharing "allow to sleep" option). I'm very much convinced its a bug as the only recent change has been going from the default aero theme to a custom one with a slideshow wallpaper. As soon as I made that switch, I haven't been able to idle to sleep.

Again, windows 7 has no problem sleeping with a manual command, but never sleeps when idle. The monitor does indeed go black at the appropriate time.


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19 Feb 2010   #2
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sunburn74 View Post
Hi. I've been using windows 7 ultimate for almost 3 months now without any problems. However, a new issue has recently cropped up over the last three days (or so it seems). Essentially, my PC will S3 sleep when told to sleep manually, but will never idle to sleep.

I've checked power settings for USB devices, network cards, audio cards, turned off all sidebar programs, turned off every program I have running in the background, and pretty much every trick I could think of, but none of them work (including the infamous media sharing "allow to sleep" option). I'm very much convinced its a bug as the only recent change has been going from the default aero theme to a custom one with a slideshow wallpaper. As soon as I made that switch, I haven't been able to idle to sleep.

Again, windows 7 has no problem sleeping with a manual command, but never sleeps when idle. The monitor does indeed go black at the appropriate time.
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19 Feb 2010   #3
CassieFWinTeam

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I'm sorry to hear about your issue. Did you recently make any changes to your computer? A hardware device might be keeping your computer awake. USB flash drives and USB mice are common devices that can keep your computer awake. Make sure that you have the most current drivers all of your devices. For more information, see Update drivers: recommended links.

This may also help you decipher the issue: Sleep and hibernation: frequently asked questions

Good Luck!

Cheers,
Cassandra
Microsoft Windows Outreach
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20 Feb 2010   #4
elyk

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sunburn74 View Post
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Again, windows 7 has no problem sleeping with a manual command, but never sleeps when idle......
Hey Sunburn74, I responded to your problem in my thread on this topic, and have come to the conclusion that this is indeed a bug in Windows 7.

Windows 7 will simply not go to sleep on idle unless you use a standard Aero theme as a background. As soon as you change to a solid color background or custom background, sleep will not trigger when the computer is idle. It will continue to work with a manual click of the sleep button, but won't sleep when you walk away from your computer.

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