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Sleep issues - again!

  1. #1


    Guildford, UK
    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro 64 bit

    Sleep issues - again!


    I know sleep issues have been widely reported but I've tried many suggestions without success to fix my problem so thought I'd see if I get any joy on here. I'm running Win 8 Pro 64 bit and my problem is that Windows will sleep when required but about 50% of the time it doesn't fully wake. The fans and case lights come on and there is hard disk activity, but the monitor stays in sleep mode. Only a hard reboot will recover it. I haven't been able to pin down the issue to any particular set of conditions - it seems to be random, and it makes no difference if I manually sleep it with the power button, or if it goes to sleep on the timer. Before upgrading, I was using Windows 7 Home Premium on the same system and everything worked perfectly.

    Things I have tried without success, based on suggestions from various forums:


    • Updating all chipset, graphics and storage drivers (from the manufacturers websites, since Windows doesn't always find newer drivers in my experience)
    • Disabling hybrid sleep
    • Enabling or disabling wake by keyboard and/or mouse
    • Enabling or disabling password on wake
    • Installing the OS on a single conventional drive (normally I am running 2 SSDs in RAID 0)
    • Disabling all non-essential devices in the BIOS


    Originally I upgraded from 7 but have also tried a clean install with literally no software/apps other than Windows, and I still get the problem.

    My system is:

    Asus P8P67 Deluxe, Intel i7 CPU, 700 Watt PSU, Radeon HD 5850 graphics, 2 x Corsair SSDs in RAID 0 plus separate data drive, e-SATA external backup drive, Xonar DX sound card, Dell 24 inch monitor.


    I know a lot of people think this is a minor issue and just to disable sleep, but I really don't want my PC using 200 Watts when I am not in front of it, so this is important for me. I'd be really grateful for any more suggestions!

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  2. #2


    I had the same exact problem. It's now corrected but I'll be damned if I can remember what did it.
    Do u have any add-in cards installed? If so, try uninstalling them. I THINK that was my problem if I remember correctly.
    Also Just boot to your win 8 drive with ALL other drives data cables disconnected. Then test it.
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  3. #3


    Guildford, UK
    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by sl2222 View Post
    I had the same exact problem. It's now corrected but I'll be damned if I can remember what did it.
    Do u have any add-in cards installed? If so, try uninstalling them. I THINK that was my problem if I remember correctly.
    Also Just boot to your win 8 drive with ALL other drives data cables disconnected. Then test it.
    I have sound card and TV card which I'd already tried disabling in device manager, but I just tried physically removing them and it hasn't helped
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  4. #4


    Maybe run and look at the report, might give you some hints;
    PowerCFG /Energy

    ..
    Powercfg /batteryreport <<<interesting
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  5. #5


    Guildford, UK
    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by mikiep View Post
    Maybe run and look at the report, might give you some hints;
    PowerCFG /Energy

    ..
    Powercfg /batteryreport <<<interesting
    Thanks - interesting. Getting to the limit of my expertise here, so am not sure how relevant these are. Any thoughts (especially the last one)?

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  6. #6


    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    I had this exact problem with my HP ProBook 4540s. I have it set to "sleep" if I close the lid. Sometimes when I open the lid... nothing. I have to reset the laptop to revive it. HP support told me to disable hibernate mode. I've done that and so far, after a few days, it seems to be working OK. Longer term is still unknown, and I was given no explanation (after asking) why hibernate mode needed to be disabled for my sleep mode to work.
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