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Any way to allow downloads while in sleep mode?

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    Any way to allow downloads while in sleep mode?

    So, as the title suggests, I was wondering if there was a way to make sleep mode not terminate(For lack of a better word) my network, as I'd love to download things overnight but... I have my sleep mode set to Never in the control panel though, but I use it occasionally through my keyboard(The moon key is a shortcut for Sleep).

    Any way to allow sleep mode to not disable downloads?
    Or... Is there a way to have a low power computer(I'd like the monitor to be off), but be able to finish downloading?

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    Re: Any way to allow downloads while in sleep mode?

    Hi Metamence,

    Check out the following tutorial and see if it helps - it includes ways to enable or disable devices to awaken a computer from sleep mode: Power Options and Sleep Mode Problems.

    Here's a tutorial on how to awaken a PC to perform a task scheduled in task scheduler: Task Scheduler - Wake Up Computer.

    Here's a tutorial on how to change the return to sleep mode time for unattended tasks that awaken a PC from sleep mode: Sleep Return Timeout for Unattended Wake Up.

    I'm not certain how to prevent the display from activating when the computer awakens from sleep mode along with everything else. I'm not entirely sure that's possible - though perhaps I simply don't know how to do it.

    The solution for "turning off" the display only during a download (assuming it is a laptop and you can't just turn off the monitor by pushing the power button) is to create an icon to activate the screensaver upon pushing it and set the screensaver to blank Create Icons to Start the Screensaver on Windows 7 or Vista - How-To Geek - though not officially turned off it will use minimal power and will also be totally dark as if it were off. Alternatively, you could try the solution in the following article which actually creates an icon to shutoff the display using 3rd party software: Create a Shortcut or Hotkey to Turn Off the Monitor - How-To Geek. I do not know how you activate the monitor if you want to see it if it is shutdown using this method, but presumably the sofware provides some method.

    I also don't know how to activate sleep mode once the downloads are complete without risking entering sleep mode before they are finished (unless you go to Power Options and change the automatic timing so that you're certain the downloads will be done before the system automatically enters sleep mode) - but then you'll need to remember to change it back to normal the next day or it will have that prolonged period as your new setting (or add it as a setting when it was previously programmed to never enter sleep mode unless you specifically requested it).

    I hope this helps.

    Good luck!

    Last edited by Lorien; 10 Jan 2011 at 08:19 AM.
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    Re: Any way to allow downloads while in sleep mode?

    Quote Originally Posted by Metamence View Post
    So, as the title suggests, I was wondering if there was a way to make sleep mode not terminate(For lack of a better word) my network, as I'd love to download things overnight but... I have my sleep mode set to Never in the control panel though, but I use it occasionally through my keyboard(The moon key is a shortcut for Sleep).

    Any way to allow sleep mode to not disable downloads?
    Or... Is there a way to have a low power computer(I'd like the monitor to be off), but be able to finish downloading?

    Hi.. There's no way to download in the 'sleep' mode.
    Anyhow, while you are away, you can kill all your other processes, like IE, explorer, etc from task manager, which wd lower CPU utilizn.

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