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Windows 7: Laptop sleeps when lid closed, even with setting disabled.

31 Jul 2014   #11
green elephant

windows 7 home premium

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You don't have Hibernate enabled. Hibernate - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Forums

What about the lid and power button settings?
What exactly do you mean? also what does enabling the hibernation do?

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01 Aug 2014   #12


Hibernate is a better option than sleep for longer term, like after an hour. This is because it saves everything you've left out to the hard drive and then powers down the PC completely. But yet it starts up twice as fast. So many users prefer it to Shut Down and since it doesn't need to keep power to the RAM, it doesn't wear the RAM like sleep does.

So if you're stuck with a shutdown behavior I would make it Hibernate for closing the lid and power button, and set Hibernate after 30 and 60 minutes in Advanced Power Options under Sleep. But you need to enable it first by clicking the blue link I gave you.

Perhaps this will also make the Sleep malfunction resolve or become more obvious what the issue is. Try it.

Did you look in BIOS setup to see if there are forced Sleep settings by default on closing the lid perchance, or did I miss your reply to that question?
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07 Jul 2015   #13
PRW 82

Windows 6 Pro (64 bit)

Hi - I wondered if a solution was ever found for this problem? I have exactly the same issue.

I have a one year old HP ProBook connected to a Dell monitor. I used to boot up the laptop in the morning, close the lid and the monitor would kick in, switching to a screensaver when the machine wasn't used for a while.

There has been a change and I cannot pinpoint why but now when I close the lid, the laptop goes into sleep mode and I have to wait for 60 seconds before wagling mouse / punching keyboard to enter login info and waking up the machine so it operates with the lid closed and monitor only. The other annoyance is that rather than switching to screensaver after a few minutes of idling, again the monitor drops into "power saving mode" and wakeup process is needed to get it going.

"When I close lid:" is set on both tabs to "do nothing". I've tried changing display settings between dual screen and monitor only, it doesn't seem to have an effect.

Any help that can be offered to resolve this nuiasance would be greatly appreciated.
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07 Jul 2015   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1


Open (Win+R) "gpedit.msc" and browse to Computer Configuration - Administrative Templates - System - Power Management - Button Settings and try setting "Lid Switch Action" (both on battery and plugged in) to Enabled and set Action to "Do nothing"
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03 Sep 2015   #15

Windows 10 64-bit

Old post, but comes up when googling the problem. What worked for me: I had to reboot for the setting to take effect. Which is disappointing because I want to be able to switch back and forth, uninterrupted.
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04 Sep 2015   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

SVimes, since this is a Group Policy setting, try the following command after a change:
gpupdate /force
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04 Sep 2015   #17

Windows 10 64-bit

Oh, thanks! Sorry, I forgot to mention I'm using a script with powercfg.exe instead of the group policy configuration. So, it's like I'm changing the dropdown.

Oddly, the reboot was only required the first time. After that the setting seemed to take effect immediately. Maybe there was a pending reboot interfering, or something like that.

If I run into any more trouble, I'll try scripting the group policy.
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 Laptop sleeps when lid closed, even with setting disabled.

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