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Power Management Fix

A recent computer problem had me scratching my head for a few days. So much so I called a friend who is a ‘computer guru’ to see if he could help me – without my having to take my computer into the shop

The problem: when my computer was coming out of ‘sleep’, it would go into what I call ‘hyper-drive’. The hard disc was in run-away mode and wouldn’t stop. The only way I could get my computer back-to-normal, was to turn it off and then back on – in effect. . . a cold boot.

My friend’s first recommendation was to switch out the peripherals (as trouble with peripherals is a characteristic flaw with XP *).   I did this for my keyboard – but had no luck. Other peripherals to try would be . . .

Speakers

Monitor

Mouse

. . . or anything else your computer is using through a USB port.

His second recommendation was to go into my computer’s Power Management program [1] and turn it ‘OFF’. Once I had turned the PMP off, I restarted my computer. So far, turning off the PMP seems to have worked as I’ve not had a re-occurrence of the problem. I should make it clear that I did not turn off the sleep option but rather the portion of the utility that controls the use of power while the computer is in ‘sleep’ mode.

Note: The power management we are referencing is a Microsoft Windows utility originally introduced in Windows XP *; image below  is of Windows 7 Control Panel .

powermanagement

If you’ve not checked out your power management system, give it a look. It offers a lot of options to manage your computer including:

  • Password options
  • Change what power buttons do
  • Change when computer sleeps

As mentioned above,  functions  may vary to some degree depending on your Windows operating system.  The PMS can be found in the computer’s Control Panel.

*  As a footnote, support for XP ended as of April 8, 2014.  This means there will no longer be support or updates.  To learn more about how this might affect your computer’s operation and security, please visit this link . . . . Windows XP Support has ended. 

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[1] http://www.computertweaks.in/2012/05/what-is-computer-management.html

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