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Power Button Sleep only works Once!

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    Power Button Sleep only works Once!


    I'm running Win8 Pro 64 bit on a Dell Precision 490 desktop. I upgraded from XP so it was basically a clean install.

    I have my power button configured to put the system to sleep and it will do that ONCE after I turn it on. After that, pushing the power button does nothing until the next reboot or power cycle. Going to Charms -> Settings -> Power -> Sleep always works.

    This obviously isn't a critical problem, but it's really annoying because I'm in the habit of hitting the power button and usually it just doesn't work. Has anyone heard of this problem? Is there a fix?

    Things I've tried:
    - searching Google - can't find the needle in the haystack
    - searching this forum - nothing that matches
    - checking the Event Log - nothing interesting or suspicious
    - apply all Microsoft updates - no change
    - disable my Comodo Internet Security - no change
    - change power options and then change them back - no change
    - checked if I could stop and restart the power service - nope

    Does anyone have any other ideas that I could try or tools to track what's going on?

    Thanks,
    Ed

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    Maryland USA
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    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    do you have it set for both Plugged in and on battery?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklyn567 View Post
    do you have it set for both Plugged in and on battery?
    As I stated in my message, it's a desktop so there are no battery options. I haven't found a solution so I'm using a work-around of using hibernation instead of sleep. There's actually very little time penalty involved.

    Ed
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    Maryland USA
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    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    If you want to try resetting the power plans to all their default values in case something got changed and forgotten about.

    from the command prompt as administrator copy/type powercfg -restoredefaultschemes

    See if that helps..

    Also in some BIOS there are settings as to what the power button will do, maybe they are in conflict as to what you want to do through windows..
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I always use Hibernate rather than Sleep anyway, it's better
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklyn567 View Post
    If you want to try resetting the power plans to all their default values in case something got changed and forgotten about.

    from the command prompt as administrator copy/type powercfg -restoredefaultschemes

    See if that helps..

    Also in some BIOS there are settings as to what the power button will do, maybe they are in conflict as to what you want to do through windows..
    I tried the powercfg reset, but there was no change. It still works once, whether I hit the power button or go through charms -> settings -> power -> sleep. After that, only the charms path works.

    I also checked the BIOS, but didn't find any conflicts.

    This computer is getting on in age so I'm not surprised that it has a few issues with Win8. I'm actually using Vista drivers which is usually okay, but who knows.

    Thanks for trying,

    Ed
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    Viewing through Windows 7, me like-a-discuss 8 though


    Quote Originally Posted by edpalmer42 View Post
    I'm actually using Vista drivers
    That make-a source of problem. It is driver issue. Could be any one on system that is loaded into memory at all that make-a bad.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Hm... Are there no Windows 7 or 8 drivers for the device in question? Are these the Chipset Drivers and the AHCI drivers?

    Also, are you using S1 or S3 for your sleep mode? Try S3, the setting should be in the BIOS.
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    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    Have you tried the sleep button on the keyboard?

    If not try a keyboard with a sleep button on it and try that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Hm... Are there no Windows 7 or 8 drivers for the device in question? Are these the Chipset Drivers and the AHCI drivers?

    Also, are you using S1 or S3 for your sleep mode? Try S3, the setting should be in the BIOS.
    The Vista drivers are the most current. Yes, it's the chipset drivers. Dell & Intel abandoned this unit long ago. It has a sticker on the front that says "Designed for Windows XP. Windows Vista Capable." I wasn't even sure that I could load Win8, but various people said that Vista drivers usually work and the Win8 installer automatically found and installed them. Other than this minor glitch, it seems to be running okay.

    I'm already using the S3 Bios option for sleep.

    I was just checking the drivers and saw that I had an "ACPI Power Button" installed, but there was also a driver for an "ACPI Sleep Button" in the list of drivers so I tried that. No change.

    Ed
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