When you are on your computer and walk away from it for a few minutes, on returning, it appears your computer has gone into power saving mode. In other words it has gone to sleep. This is all fine, providing you can now wake your computer from this deep power saving sleep.
Too many computer users move the mouse, tap on the keyboard, and even turn the monitor on and off, to try and wake the sleeping computer.
This Automatic Power saving mode is a great feature when it works like it was supposed to. However when you are right in the middle of writing an important document you have been working on for over two hours and haven’t had the chance to save yet, the Automatic Power saving mode can be sheer disaster.
You walk away to get a cup of coffee and come back to a blank computer screen or maybe a black screen with cursor, but either way you have a non responding computer. If you cannot wake the computer from this power saving sleep, than your all your hard work will be lost.
How to wake up from power saving mode?
As there are so many different brands of computers and computer components, there are a few different ways to wake your computer up from a power saving sleep.
- The obvious way is to press keys on your keyboard or move your mouse.
- Basically we need to shock it into waking up. Sometimes people perform a hard reboot.
- You can remove all cords and power to the computer. Press on the power button when nothing is connected. Then reconnect all cords and start your computer.
- If you have a laptop you can remove the battery and the cords.
- Sometimes it is necessary to remove the memory and then put it back. Then start the computer again.
Why won’t the mouse and keyboard wake up the computer from the power saving sleep?
To use a mouse or the keyboard to wake up a computer from power saving mode, sometimes you need to enable this feature. Hopefully this is the answer to your problem because this is the easiest problem to solve.
These steps are the first to try and if this doesn’t solve your problem I will give you some extra things to try.
- Go to the start menu.
- Right click on My computer and choose properties from the menu that pops up.
- System properties will open. In Windows Vista click on Advanced Settings in the right menu.
- In both Windows XP and Vista you can go to the hardware tab.
- Click on the Device Manager button.
- Find your mouse in the devices list. To open sections click on the + sign next to the word. Click on the device to make it blue.
- Then right click on it and choose properties from the menu. See the screen shot below.
- When your mouse properties open go to the Power Management tab.
- Put a tick in the box next to Allow this device to wake the computer.
- Press OK. See the Screenshot below.
Extra steps to take when your computer will not wake up?
- Disable power saving mode altogether.
- Check to see if your computer has an overheating problem. If it does it will not restart until it is cooled down.
- Download all Windows Updates.
- Make sure your computer doesn’t have a under rated power supply.
- Check your hardware. Graphics cards and motherboards are common culprits for this problem.
- Clean the motherboard and other inside components of dirt and dust. Dirt causes static and static damages the board. Please see how to open computer cases safely and how to clean inside your computer
Let us know how you wake up your computer from sleep mode?