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Windows 7: Computer will not go to sleep when playing video

20 Nov 2011   #1

windows 7 ultimate x64
Computer will not go to sleep when playing video

This is a problem that has only been occurring over the last month or 2 (had my computer for 2/3years). Quite often I will watch something on my computer when i go to bed - either a dvd, or streaming something from a website. Sometimes i fall asleep whilst these programmes are still playing and i will wake up in the morning to find my computer and monitor still turned on, instead of doing what they should do - monitor to turn off after 20minutes, computer to sleep after 45minutes.

The computer will go to sleep after the desired time if its not doing anything at all so i assume it has something to do with the media settings/files. I have a custom plans setting for power options and in advanced settings > multimedia, it IS set to 'allow the computer to sleep when sharing media, so im not sure what else to try.

I hope thats enough info to begin with,

thanks for any help!

As an additional note, this is something ive started to notice but im not so sure how relevant it is:
The odd thing is, it seems to vary when it decides it wants to sleep. I was playing things through windows media player and it wouldnt sleep after 45minutes.. so i tried playing things through vlc media player instead. That seemed to work as the computer would go to sleep, so i figured it was just the programme causing the problem, but then after a few days of using vlc the computer wouldnt sleep anymore. The same goes for streaming stuff - using megavideo the computer wouldnt sleep, but when it was streamed from videobb it would. Then after a few days of using videobb it would stop going to sleep again...

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20 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2

Windows is designed not to do it by default. As 99% of people will get miffed every 5 mins having to move their mouse during a film.

Full screen applications also tend to stop the sleep process.

Im not sure if theres an option to override it in the power saving options
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14 Oct 2014   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

I think some programs will allow sleep. You have to look at the settings of each program.
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