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Windows 8.1 refuses to sleep

  1. #271


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    thanks Rockhound for sharing that a clean install fixes the metro apps crashing. I posted it on that thread. You get a reputation bump from me! (the thumb in the bottom left)

    Rock, I never has any issues with sleep on any of the Technet builds of Win8 or 8.1 beta or 8.1 Preview. For me, it started only when I upgraded to the Win 8.1 Pro release version that both the metro crashes and sleep issue occurred.

    As for rolling back a service, I have not heard of such a thing but it might be done!

    Folks, stay cool, stay frosty. We have a lot of scary smart people posting here trying some very innovative stuff. Let's keep sharing what we find and fix this in spite of the spin MS threw at us! In the meantime, paint something with Microsoft on it and beat the crap out of it occasionally for our frustrations (dogs and children excluded please).

    BTW, the SSD fix is still working for me! I gave goatfish a rep bump too!

    Nice quiet day ( for us retired folks, every day is a Saturday!) so I am going to do a cold install on one of the spare Samsung SSD's I have yet to install in other computers. I have reloaded Windows 7/8/8.1 this SO many times that I can do it in less than a couple of hours using a USB stick. See you on the flip side!

    EDIT 2013-12-28 This did not fix the problem. For me, a MS update on Dec 11th fixed it.
    Last edited by johnpombrio; 28 Dec 2013 at 14:55.

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  2. #272


    Uninstalling completly Realtek Pcie Ethernet completly (delete driver too) then installing the new one from Realtek (downoaded before)
    Allowed only magic packets to wake the PC (I use WOL feature)
    disable Skydrive completly
    Local account
    Enable boot straight to desktop option (ignore Metro use Win 8.1 like Win 7)
    Cold boot
    I got 4 successful sleeps and counting: I just woke and my PC is off.

    Tonight, I will try to open random apps from Metro such email, weather, etc. To see what will happen if apps are open

    Of course, I don't have the app crash issue.
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  3. #273


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


    Guys, could you check something for me?

    I told a friend today about the sleep problems with Windows 8.1 and he had noticed the same problem, but he had also noticed something else.

    He told me to set all my settings back as before and then instead of just walking away from my PC when I was going away, to Sign out first. I did this and wonder by wonder, when I came back, my PC was sleeping.

    I checked it a few times now, and only once the PC did something strange. When it was about to go to sleep, my screen came back on. But all the other times, it just went to sleep like it should.

    Could you try this out on your systems, just to check if Signing out also fixes your sleeping problems. Thanks.

    PS: I had my Power service enabled, Wake on Lan is active, and all the other standard settings back to its original settings. The only thing I don't have active is Homegroup, just because I like setting up my network the old fashioned way.
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  4. #274


    Posts : 63
    Windows 8.1 pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Rudy Mas View Post
    Guys, could you check something for me?

    I told a friend today about the sleep problems with Windows 8.1 and he had noticed the same problem, but he had also noticed something else.

    He told me to set all my settings back as before and then instead of just walking away from my PC when I was going away, to Sign out first. I did this and wonder by wonder, when I came back, my PC was sleeping.

    I checked it a few times now, and only once the PC did something strange. When it was about to go to sleep, my screen came back on. But all the other times, it just went to sleep like it should.

    Could you try this out on your systems, just to check if Signing out also fixes your sleeping problems. Thanks.

    PS: I had my Power service enabled, Wake on Lan is active, and all the other standard settings back to its original settings. The only thing I don't have active is Homegroup, just because I like setting up my network the old fashioned way.
    Yes, works for me but no surprise since I already mentioned that logging out and logging back in temporarily fixed the sleep timer just like restarting does. Unfortunately this is not much use to me as logging out clears your desktop/metro settings. Sigh.
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  5. #275


    Posts : 63
    Windows 8.1 pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by orbitalfenestra View Post
    Uninstalling completly Realtek Pcie Ethernet completly (delete driver too) then installing the new one from Realtek (downoaded before)
    Allowed only magic packets to wake the PC (I use WOL feature)
    disable Skydrive completly
    Local account
    Enable boot straight to desktop option (ignore Metro use Win 8.1 like Win 7)
    Cold boot
    I got 4 successful sleeps and counting: I just woke and my PC is off.

    Tonight, I will try to open random apps from Metro such email, weather, etc. To see what will happen if apps are open

    Of course, I don't have the app crash issue.
    Crossing my fingers, keep us posted!
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  6. #276


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    If signing out does the same as a reboot, then I have already found that it fixes sleep for sometimes up to a day or two. Then it always came back. sorely disappointed.

    Signing out of Skydrive is an interesting proposition and would make sense for the network adapter and the srvnet process....


    The SSD fix is STILL working. All my other settings are at the usual places and Homegroup is back to its normal load.

    EDIT 2013-12-28 This did not fix the problem. For me, a MS update on Dec 11th fixed it.
    Last edited by johnpombrio; 28 Dec 2013 at 14:55.
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  7. #277


    My summary.
    Modern machine, here, no SSD. No evidence of srvnet in powercfg /requests. Never used workgroup. Up to date drivers and BIOS. Disconnecting network does nothing helpful. Updated via the Store. Seemed to go with no problems.

    Even starting in Diagnostics mode (msconfig), it won't sleep on timer. That pretty much rules out all but vital services.

    The only thing that I have found that works on this machine is to disable the Power Svc (my discovery, John, not prism's!). This has no known bad effects for me but I don't change the power settings after initial setup and I set the screen sleep time the same as the PC time. And I also get the password prompt at wakeup time but I can live with that.

    At the moment, mine is sleeping quite reliably but it takes around 2.5 min. As I have suggested before, the sleep command is getting sent but maybe the priority is low, hence the delayed and erratic action. Watching the HDD activity LED shows the PC is doing 'stuff' while ignoring the sleep 'command'. The 'normal' sleep reaction time should be 7 sec. I have also found a reliable 30 sec delay pattern as well (diag basics with power svc on).

    My HP netbook sleeps reliably but it is on the 30 sec delay plan! Closing the lid is quick, as expected.
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  8. #278


    @orbit. What is the delay time for the sleep you are now getting? 7 sec? 30 sec? minutes? random?
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  9. #279


    Quote Originally Posted by linw View Post
    @orbit. What is the delay time for the sleep you are now getting? 7 sec? 30 sec? minutes? random?
    Don't know because i didn't timed it. I use VLC Media player. Then once the playlist is finished, I would say 2 minutes later it goes to sleep if I don't touch anything.

    I am not home and I just checked via Teamviewer and my PC went to sleep correctly for the 6th time Can't say how long it took.

    I suspect that just open apps from modern ui once like mail or other ruin the sleep cycle but further tests are needed. Skydrive imbedded is new too so it is suspect.
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  10. #280


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Linw, sorry! I would correct the post but there are so many! I too find it takes a while to sleep (2-3 minutes or so). Since I NEVER bothered to look at it before, I have no idea what a 'usual" time is. My HDD light also flashes occasionally with a LONG flash just before it sleeps so something is getting written to the hard drive. Since sleep keeps the RAM running instead of building a hiberate file on the hard drive, I am not sure why. I do have an SSD and two other hard drives on the system tho.
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