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#271686 - 2018-01-11 15:58 Horrible, horrible, horrible...Windows...
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HalJayGreene Offline
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So, for several days I'd been trying to do a complete backup of my 8k+ disks, only to have the software quit every hundred or so albums. At that rate it would have taken months. Then it occurred to me that it might not be the Meridian software that was crapping out, but Windows, which was somehow kicking in with some kind of energy saver, even though you'd THINK it was smart enough to realize there was an active process going on.

Apparently not, which only reinforces my proposal that Microsoft is the root of all evil and Windows, its dark emissary.

So...even with EVERY "energy saving" setting (sleep, screen saver, hibernation) set to "never," Windows still insisted on shutting down after an hour or so of what it considered inactivity (or perhaps, not important enough activity). Bad Bill Gates!

Anyway, solved the problem by simultaneously running a tiny app found on the web called "Don't Sleep," which is expressly designed to run in the background and make just enough high-level processor calls to prevent Windows from sleeping. Apparently I am not the first to encounter this problem (Google "Windows won't not sleep").

Now it's been running for two days.

Frustrating!!

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#271708 - 2018-01-11 19:24 Re: Horrible, horrible, horrible...Windows... [Re: HalJayGreene]
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Ian Offline
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Ian Offline
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I think there is a registry fix that may help if PC is hibernating. I can go through my old emails to find it.

btw, it’s not just Windows. OSX had an issue which caused similar power save issues. It’s on HH if anyone has problems but cannot remember the exact circumstances.


Meridian owner since 1992
DSP5000 96/24, MC200, Prime & PSU, Focal Elear, Explorer 1 & 2, F80, 200/203 and various Sonos.
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#271715 - 2018-01-11 21:37 Re: Horrible, horrible, horrible...Windows... [Re: Ian]
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Arlen Offline
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My workaround for this: let Windows Media Player play a music file in a loop. There is a setting in WMP to prevent sleep.
I have a dedicated MP3 for this with no sound inside.


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#271721 - 2018-01-12 09:08 Re: Horrible, horrible, horrible...Windows... [Re: Arlen]
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Ian Offline
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As promised, this is what I found on the subject.

I had to do it on a work PC that was processing huge amounts of data overnight. It fixed my issue. I had local admin rights.

Its probably not so great if you are on a battery powered device. You could probably create s simple Regedit file to enable/disable at will. Or, better still, an app. I never sleep/hibernate my work machine (powerdown at night) so its permanently enabled and not seen any side effects. Contrary to what the article might imply, manual sleep mode does work, just timer triggered sleep mode.

Not tested on anything other than Win 7.

-Ian

Quote:

Overview:

Occasionally, despite setting all power settings to ‘Never’, a laptop or desktop will hibernate overnight or when it’s idle.

At the time of writing, a fix for why this occurs has not been found.

However, a workaround is to disable all hibernation exists and is detailed below.


Workaround:

The registry key in the following location toggles hibernation enable/disable:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power]
"HibernateEnabled"=


To Enable hibernation and allow the device to sleep etc. set the key to the following (this is the default and the timers control when hibernation happens):

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power]
"HibernateEnabled"=dword:00000001


To Disable hibernation and prevent the device from entering any kind of sleep/hibernation, set the key to the following:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power]
"HibernateEnabled"=dword:00000000

Once the key is changed, reboot the machine.


To Note:

If hibernation is disabled, it overrides the timer settings for sleep and hibernation etc. The device will not sleep at all.


Meridian owner since 1992
DSP5000 96/24, MC200, Prime & PSU, Focal Elear, Explorer 1 & 2, F80, 200/203 and various Sonos.
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#271724 - 2018-01-12 10:46 Re: Horrible, horrible, horrible...Windows... [Re: Ian]
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Greg Wright Offline
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Very useful, thanks for posting.

I run OSX and use Caffeine to stop the machine sleeping.

Regards
Greg


M owner since '97
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#271736 - 2018-01-12 15:31 Re: Horrible, horrible, horrible...Windows... [Re: Greg Wright]
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Ratbert Offline
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+1 on caffeine, great little utility.


Always learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.
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