AVG may be playing a role in it. If it was me, I'd try using the removal tool for it, reboot, then set Windows Firewall and Windows Defender to Automatic and start them too, using services.msc.
Basically, a testing method. Nothing more, nothing less.
Update the storage driver from Intel.com :
Install the latest Toshiba Value Added Package for your model, in an attempt to update these drivers:Code:iaStorV Intel RAID Controller Kernel 4/12/2011 2:48:16 AM
and update this driver for sure:Code:TVALZ TOSHIBA ACPI-Based Val Kernel 7/26/2012 7:23:25 AM TVALZFL TOSHIBA ACPI-Based Val Kernel 7/22/2012 6:29:07 AM
WD Support / Downloads / Select ProductCode:WDC_SAM WD SCSI Pass Thru driv Kernel 4/16/2008 4:39:08 PM
You are working hard on this! My gut feeling is that this is STILL a setting issue. There was usually a setting somewhere when I used laptops for work that would keep the laptop running as long as it was plugged in. Of course that was years (and years) ago. Check the laptops BIOS settings to see if there is anything in there about power settings. It just sounds so suspicious that the laptop sleep is so slaved to the power cord.
Also, please update your system specs (part of your profile) to show what the brand and model number of your laptop is so I can look over the owners manual...
Glad to have you aboard!
Under multimedia in the advanced setting of your power profile, maybe make sure that it is not set to Away Mode...
Sorry if it's already been covered... I'm just jumping in here for issues of my own....
I suppose I should qualify my earlier statement. If the laptop is set to sleep automatically after a certain period of time, it will do so whether it's plugged in or running on battery. The only situation in which it won't sleep is if I command it to do so while it's plugged in, no matter what power actions I set to "sleep" (power button, closing the lid etc.) I can easily unplug the power cord, put the computer into sleep mode and then plug it back in and it's none the wiser for what just happened (as in, it doesn't wake up). My old laptop (also a Toshiba, running Vista) never liked going to sleep (automatically or manually) while a network cable was plugged in, but that computer was able to log off, enter sleep mode, and remain in that state for a few seconds before coming back to life, whereas this laptop won't even log me off. That being said the network connection was the first thing I suspected!
how have you (and your computer) been so far? Is your solution still working fine? Have you been able to work out a permanent fix by task-scheduling the restart of that NLA service?
What about the others, has anybody else been successful with Karl's attempt?
I'm getting impatient with that issue and would be keen to try your suggestion. There's been talk about Windows 9 in the news lately and they still can't get 8.1 to work properly - no updates, nothing - and it's just very basic functionality we're talking. I already have a Mac laptop alongside my self-built PC - I might consider moving to Mac completely by the time Win 9 hits the shelves.
Well the problem came back for me. Yet I finally got rid of it. All three computers have now been upgraded to Windows 7 Premium. God how I missed the simplicity, and the functions of Windows 7. And something I noticed is that when all computers are running off of newer hardware and ssd drives, theres almost no speed difference when booting or snappiness. Windows 7 is just about as fast. And didn't take me as long to set up on all three computers. Part of this is I didn't have to do much for WMC since I didn't have to download it and plug a code in. LOL.
Another thing I noticed to I went to a friends house last night and his Windows 8.1 machine wouldn't sleep either. It doesn't bother him like it does me but still this is unacceptable. Windows 8 is worse than Vista ever was... LOL
Other than a little speed and maybe integrated skydrive, I'm struggling to see many perks for a desktop user. Windows 9 is over a year away. I'm thinking the best it can offer is a reversion back to Windows 7 features and bug fixes.