I'm busted... Yes, I do have a life away from the computer, occasionally. I sleep, and I dress up like a medieval warrior to hit people with sticks. But I would save more power by turning my computer off... Which I don't do. :-(
As for drinking coffee Mountain Dew, and potty breaks, neither of those lasts long enough for the power save mode to be invoked.
Um... opening the lid? Seriously, no love for us notebook-using folks?
I guess I have to vote for pressing the shift key, since that's what I do on my work desktop. I know that waking up the box from sleep will not propagate the keystroke, but since I set my display to sleep earlier than the rest of the box (and therefore, the keyboard is still active input), I got in the habit of using 'Shift'.
I'd use the mouse, but have gotten to the point where I rarely use it anymore... GIMP and games, pretty much.
I yell abuse at mine but it doesn't seem to do any good. Maybe if I connect a microphone I would have better luck. Anybody got any programs that will cause a wake-up event when a microphone picks up certain noises?
Anybody got any programs that will cause a wake-up event when a microphone picks up certain noises?
If it's only certain noises - then doesn't that imply that the system is already running a routine to tell the difference between a target noise & everything else?
Wouldn't this imply a need for out-of-phase hardware rather than simply a program?
Or maybe - just maybe - you could have different configurations for your system - that would power down all of the processes (like WiFi connectivity, power to the screen, power to the hard drive(s), etc.) except the audio processing and bring them all back up when you hear that target noise..
It's not quite the same - though IIRC most hardware with a 'standby' mode still uses up to 60% of the power it draws when it's 'on' - so it could technically fall into that range...
The best way to wake up the computer is the following:
Rip the plug right out of the back of the computer while banging fiercely on the desk. Then once you have slammed your head into the keyboard, calmly plug the computer back in. If it says you did not shut down properly, just ignore it and throw the mouse right at your monitor. Wait three days and the computer will wake up. Hope this helps and have a great day.
Depends on my mood at the time. My methods range from
clicking a mouse button, hitting the space key to slamming
my hand down the desk in frustration due to the REMF that
just pissed me off and I need stress relief!
Then I have to put in my password since, even though I work
from home and nobody is going to touch my computer, company
security regulations require that my screen saver be
password protected. There's even a lovely job that runs on
my laptop that squeels on my if I disable the password.
Hmmm... wonder if that job would squeel on me if I downloaded pr0n to my laptop...
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I got used to using the Shift key because every computer I currently own is running Debian, so I don't generally have to worry about the sticky keys thing. On the rare occasion when I find myself having to wake up Windows systems five times without using any other keys between times, though, the sticky keys thing bites me -- which, of course, annoys me. C'est la vie. I guess that's just another reason to go back to my Debian laptop again at my earliest opportunity.
Main Entry: joke
Etymology: Latin jocus; perhaps akin to Old High German gehan to say, Sanskrit yAcati he asks
1 a : something said or done to provoke laughter; especially : a brief oral narrative with a climactic humorous twist b (1) : the humorous or ridiculous element in something
If you do not find this funny, please be advised that some will, and you don't really believe I have to prompt her do you?
Powersave mode? All the computers I've dealt with don't awaken from "power save mode;" it's more like a coma. "Awakening" them requires a power cycle. On my laptop, this required removing the battery.
Needless to say, I've disabled "powersaving" for my computers. The monitors will still go into their powersaving modes, but the box with all the noisy bits stays awake.
My Windows boxes ignore mouse movements in powersave (Why? I don't know nor do I particularly care), so I bang on the space bar (it's big and hard to miss). My FreeBSD box does pay attention to the mouse, so I just waggle it wildly.
At that time  the chief engineer was almost always the chief test pilot as well. That had the fortunate result of eliminating poor engineering early in aviation.
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i have the exact same problem, my screen just turns off and says 'go to power save', and then it goes on standby, the only problem is, i cant even get the screen to come up again!!! so how on earth can i go to power save when the freakin screen wont even 'wake up'! sooooo damn annoying!
pressing keys or moving the mouse wont wake my pc up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i took its apart and put it back together again and still its in a comma. why the fuck do computers have this sleep mode. does anyone know what will work????