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Windows 8.1 refuses to sleep

  1. #101


    Hasselt, Belgium
    Posts : 75
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32/64


    Quote Originally Posted by Steve06 View Post
    Some people here updated their Realtek drivers and I'd like to hear feedback on whether this resolved the problem?
    I also updated my Realtek driver, and it worked for exactly one day.

    I even went back to Windows 8 with all three machines and then did the upgrade again. After this, I did a clean install of the homegroup and it worked nicely on all three machines, except one machine, the last one awake never wanted to go to sleep. After another day, and keeping my hands off of the settings of my machines, all three of them didn't want to go to sleep again.

    It's almost as if the maintenance of Windows 8.1 is doing something to Windows that messes up the sleep mode. I have given up for now, and I can only hope that next Patch Tuesday will give us a solution for this problem. Because I sure can't think of anything else to try to fix it.

    Although, thanks to this problem, I learned a few new things about Windows and fixing things that I didn't know before. So, all by all, it was a learning experience for me as well.

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  2. #102


    Yes, interesting that there are so many "solutions" that only work for a while! Seems like there are two sides fighting for possession of the machine. One side wants to sleep and the other wants to keep awake. They make asynchronous calls which gives the randomness.

    It is really hard to devise a rational troubleshooting plan and after a while you get all sorts of changes that are made and it will be hard to put them back to where they probably should be.

    I can't even get the manual method to work as my PC immediately wakes up.

    Sigh.
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  3. #103


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Linw, Realize that the "going to sleep" problem is a lot different than the waking up problem. Check this site for these solutions:

    Windows 8 Forums - Search Results

    As for changes to your computer you make DOCUMENT THEM BY WRITING THEM DOWN. I have been doing this for so long that I can remember what I have changed but before then , i kept a log of everything I changed trying to find solutions to various problems.
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  4. #104


    Posts : 63
    Windows 8.1 pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by bouldernerd View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by prism View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by prism View Post

    Thanks, I thought it was that. I noticed, however, that they are older than what is available on the Dell website. I uninstalled the Dell driver and replaced them with this. Crossing my fingers but I am not too optimistic because in my case, I do not use an ethernet cable to connect to the internet!
    Ok Bouldernerd, thanks to you I just might have stumbled onto the holy grail of sleep on windows 8.1. For the first time in ages my PC went to sleep right after using a torrent. This happened after I installed the realtek driver from the link you provided. I had come across a thread mentioning realtek but it never crossed my mind that this would be the culprit considering that my internet connection is through wifi rather than ethernet!
    I'm keeping my fingers crossed, will be testing for a couple of more days and hopefully bury this horrible experience once and for all.
    After using the new Realtek drivers for a few days, this solution is an improvement but is no longer reliable. It worked well for a day but now sleep works intermittently. There must be something in the OS that is overriding sleep. Until Microsoft fixes this I am beginning to doubt that we will find a work around.
    Bummer, I really hope mine continues to work as it should! This is really unacceptable but I guess it is the price you pay when the software manufacturer is not the same entity that does the hardware!
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  5. #105


    Posts : 102
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Maybe we should compare our hardware including Ethernet chipsets to find any patterns? For example, John, you have an Asus Z87-Pro board that has an Intel Gigabit controller. Many with troubles here have Realtek and Broadcom (like myself).

    Can anybody confirm they are having troubles while owning an Intel Ethernet adapter like John who managed to solve his problems?
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  6. #106


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Quote Originally Posted by Steve06 View Post
    Maybe we should compare our hardware including Ethernet chipsets to find any patterns? For example, John, you have an Asus Z87-Pro board that has an Intel Gigabit controller. Many with troubles here have Realtek and Broadcom (like myself).

    Can anybody confirm they are having troubles while owning an Intel Ethernet adapter like John who managed to solve his problems?
    Steve, Google search for Asrock Z77E-ITX board shows you have a Broadcom BCM57781 Lan port. Here is the latest driver:

    Ethernet NIC NetXtreme Desktop Driver Downloads | Broadcom

    I hope it helps!
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  7. #107


    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Linw, Realize that the "going to sleep" problem is a lot different than the waking up problem. Check this site for these solutions:

    Windows 8 Forums - Search Results

    As for changes to your computer you make DOCUMENT THEM BY WRITING THEM DOWN. I have been doing this for so long that I can remember what I have changed but before then , i kept a log of everything I changed trying to find solutions to various problems.
    I have been logging changes but got a bit slack at the end!

    Anyway, seems as if I have solved the wake-up problem. Someone on the above link said they had a problem with the Hauppauge HVR 2200 TV tuner card. I have one of these installed so thought I would try removing it. Worked for me, too! I wasn't using it anymore so no loss. Odd that it has caused no problem with W7 or W8 though, on my ASUS P8H77-M Pro mobo.

    The timer sleep seems to work better as well but it takes 2-3 min after being triggered. I'm fine with that, though.

    Fingers crossed and hope that this state of affairs continues.
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  8. #108


    Posts : 102
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    @John: Of course I have been checking this website regularly as I mentioned above, but they still only list a half-year old driver that I already have, so nothing updated for the new Windows version.

    @linw: Let us know after a week if this solution is permanent for you. This would point to specific hardware causing a compatibility problem with Windows' power management. On the other hand your tv tuner card is unlikely to be the cause since almost nobody has one as still so many of us experience issues.
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  9. #109


    Posts : 60
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Steve06 View Post
    Maybe we should compare our hardware including Ethernet chipsets to find any patterns? For example, John, you have an Asus Z87-Pro board that has an Intel Gigabit controller. Many with troubles here have Realtek and Broadcom (like myself).

    Can anybody confirm they are having troubles while owning an Intel Ethernet adapter like John who managed to solve his problems?

    For my three systems, here are my ethernet chipsets:
    1) ASUS Rampage IV Extreme - Intel Gigabit LAN
    2) XFX 780i - nvidia nForce
    3) Toshiba A505-S6040 laptop - Qualcomm Atheros AR8152
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  10. #110


    Posts : 60
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by bouldernerd View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by prism View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by prism View Post

    Thanks, I thought it was that. I noticed, however, that they are older than what is available on the Dell website. I uninstalled the Dell driver and replaced them with this. Crossing my fingers but I am not too optimistic because in my case, I do not use an ethernet cable to connect to the internet!
    Ok Bouldernerd, thanks to you I just might have stumbled onto the holy grail of sleep on windows 8.1. For the first time in ages my PC went to sleep right after using a torrent. This happened after I installed the realtek driver from the link you provided. I had come across a thread mentioning realtek but it never crossed my mind that this would be the culprit considering that my internet connection is through wifi rather than ethernet!
    I'm keeping my fingers crossed, will be testing for a couple of more days and hopefully bury this horrible experience once and for all.
    After using the new Realtek drivers for a few days, this solution is an improvement but is no longer reliable. It worked well for a day but now sleep works intermittently. There must be something in the OS that is overriding sleep. Until Microsoft fixes this I am beginning to doubt that we will find a work around.
    You may be right in that there is something in the OS that is causing this. I think we can safely confirm this is no longer an isolated case nor is it related to user error. With the number of us that are reporting this issue and with no discernable permanent fix, it is in fact a true bug that Microsoft should take care of. We may be able to find intermittent work arounds, but that shouldn't be the norm. In order for Windows 8.1 to be a success, sleep needs to work properly, regardless of if it is a desktop, laptop, or tablet. Oh geez, especially if it is a tablet! I'm hoping that Microsoft will address this issue soon.
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