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Windows 8.1 refuses to sleep

  1. #81


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit with Media Center


    I have also had this issue since I installed windows 8.1. I don't use the homegroup as I have a WHS, so it is disabled on my desktop. I tried disabling IPv6 but still it would not sleep automatically. I have just found windows 8.1 LAN driver on Asus website and installed. On my first sleep test it went to sleep but woke up straight away, so I checked the settings and the intel properties menu is very different from previous versions. I noticed a Wake on Pattern Match option, by default it was checked, I unchecked and my PC stayed asleep. I can still also wake it using lights out from my server.
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    As you can see these wake patterns are determind by the OS, I wonder if this is something new added to Windows 8.1, may this is causing the issue.

    I will keep testing to see if the updated drivers have fixed the issue and will report back.

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  2. #82


    Posts : 102
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    videodj , thanks for joining in. I have similar option in my Ethernet adapter's properties and tried disabling WOL and ipv6 in a variety of ways, but none helped.

    In the meantime, I also looked for software as the possible culprit, and uninstalled Apple icloud and Dropbox, all in vain unfortunately. I'm slowly getting used to the situation. Microsoft does not seem to have recognized the problem yet. At least they take their with a patch.
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  3. #83


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit with Media Center


    For the moment at least the problem seems to have disappeared, last night my pc woke for it's backup and went back to sleep afterwards as planned. I have IPv6 enabled at the moment, but I'm going to try enabling the homegroup today and see what happens. I'm just glad I haven't upgrade my wifes computer yet or I'd be getting moaned at!
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  4. #84


    After following this thread and others, it looks like I have this solved this problem, for me anyway. I have a Dell XPS 8500 and have tried everything suggested here and elsewhere. The problem was my Ethernet adapter, a Realtek PCIe gigabit. I determined for sure that the Ethernet adapter was the culprit by disconnecting the Ethernet cable. With the cable disconnected, sleep worked reliably. I have tried disabling advanced properties as described above, etc, to no avail until yesterday when I found a recently released driver on the Realtek site, NOT the DELL drivers support page but the Realtek site, for Win 8.1. After installing that driver and disabling the properties shown above by Stipa, automatic sleep has returned. Thank you!
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  5. #85


    Posts : 63
    Windows 8.1 pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by bouldernerd View Post
    After following this thread and others, it looks like I have this solved this problem, for me anyway. I have a Dell XPS 8500 and have tried everything suggested here and elsewhere. The problem was my Ethernet adapter, a Realtek PCIe gigabit. I determined for sure that the Ethernet adapter was the culprit by disconnecting the Ethernet cable. With the cable disconnected, sleep worked reliably. I have tried disabling advanced properties as described above, etc, to no avail until yesterday when I found a recently released driver on the Realtek site, NOT the DELL drivers support page but the Realtek site, for Win 8.1. After installing that driver and disabling the properties shown above by Stipa, automatic sleep has returned. Thank you!
    Could you please provide me the link to the drivers because I have the exact same setup as you, i.e. Dell 8500 with Windows 8.1.
    TIA.
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  6. #86


    Posts : 902
    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    I've been trying to get my computer to hibernate. After reading the last couple threads, I have disabled pattern match & magic packet. Guess I'll soon see...
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  7. #87


    Quote Originally Posted by prism View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by bouldernerd View Post
    After following this thread and others, it looks like I have this solved this problem, for me anyway. I have a Dell XPS 8500 and have tried everything suggested here and elsewhere. The problem was my Ethernet adapter, a Realtek PCIe gigabit. I determined for sure that the Ethernet adapter was the culprit by disconnecting the Ethernet cable. With the cable disconnected, sleep worked reliably. I have tried disabling advanced properties as described above, etc, to no avail until yesterday when I found a recently released driver on the Realtek site, NOT the DELL drivers support page but the Realtek site, for Win 8.1. After installing that driver and disabling the properties shown above by Stipa, automatic sleep has returned. Thank you!
    Could you please provide me the link to the drivers because I have the exact same setup as you, i.e. Dell 8500 with Windows 8.1.
    TIA.
    Realtek
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  8. #88


    I also have the dreaded 8.1 sleep problem. Guys, I think we are all running around in ever diminishing circles, here. I really think it is Microsoft's job to fix this as there is definitely something different in this ver. My win 7 and 8 setups had flawless sleep behaviour.

    The fact that it doesn't shutdown in seconds is telling. If mine shuts down at all it is after 2-5 min or so. That is just NOT how sleep mode should work.

    The keyboard sleep button causes an instant sleep but now this darn thing is instantly waking up again!

    Another observation is that after the screen goes black (sleep time trigger), the HDD activity steps up and just keeps going. What the hell is it doing?? (hibernate is not on, just sleep).

    I seriously don't think it is a driver problem. Or a homegroup problem ( I don't have a homegroup).

    I have booted in minimum mode and that fixes it. I'm thinking it may be some change in the 'metro' stuff. Someone suggested live tiles but I have tried disabling the ones I could see to no avail.

    Good luck all. Pity we can't get anything out of Microsoft as they have clearly created this situation.
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  9. #89


    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 bouldernerd View Post
    After following this thread and others, it looks like I have this solved this problem, for me anyway. I have a Dell XPS 8500 and have tried everything suggested here and elsewhere. The problem was my Ethernet adapter, a Realtek PCIe gigabit. I determined for sure that the Ethernet adapter was the culprit by disconnecting the Ethernet cable. With the cable disconnected, sleep worked reliably. I have tried disabling advanced properties as described above, etc, to no avail until yesterday when I found a recently released driver on the Realtek site, NOT the DELL drivers support page but the Realtek site, for Win 8.1. After installing that driver and disabling the properties shown above by Stipa, automatic sleep has returned. Thank you!
    Could you please provide me the link to the drivers because I have the exact same setup as you, i.e. Dell 8500 with Windows 8.1.
    TIA.
    Realtek
    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!
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  10. #90


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


    The strangest thing is, every solution mentioned here, work sometimes or doesn't work at all.

    If it works, it works for a day or two and then the sleep mode stop working again.


    I'm giving up on this problem for now. Maybe in a few months, I will do a reinstall of Windows 8.1 from a clean ISO file or Disc and then I'll see what happens.

    I even had mentioned it on Microsoft's Facebook page, and the only solution they give, is that some old driver is keeping my PC awake. Well, that's a real help.

    That's why I don't like installing a new OS as an upgrade, but without an official ISO file or disc, I'm not going to do a fresh install. Not to mention all the programs I use that I have to reinstall then as well. So, it probably will need to wait until I have a lot of time.

    Luckily, I can still put it to sleep manually.
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