How do I enable Standby?

August 1, 2006 at 06:37:26
Specs: XP Home SP2, AMD Athlon XP 1700+ 1.47G

I recently upgraded my computer from Win98. When I had that OS, I disabled standby mode entirely (on purpose, but I forget how), since it had been crashing my system. Now that I have XP, I'd like to give it a try again. However, I can't find a setting either in Windows or my BIOS that will let me do this.

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August 1, 2006 at 06:53:42

It should be one of the options listed in the drop-down menu @ the shutdown dialog box.

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August 1, 2006 at 07:15:14

andys1376, Start>Control Panel>Power Options.


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August 1, 2006 at 07:34:23

Start>Control Panel>Performance and Maintenance>Power Options.

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August 1, 2006 at 07:55:52

No luck for either the drop-down list or control panel settings.

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August 1, 2006 at 08:03:04

Power Options is used to prevent computer from going into Standby after a selected idle time.
There is no adjustments there ??

Or do you want to kill standby button ??

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August 1, 2006 at 08:09:12

There is nothing in Power Options that indicates that my computer even knows what standby is. : (

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August 1, 2006 at 08:19:55

Have you even installed your video drivers?

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August 1, 2006 at 08:25:27

Do you have any tabs at the top of the Power Options window ???

The setting for adjusting Standby to "never" is on the Power Schemes tab.

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August 1, 2006 at 09:11:29

If you cannot adjust Standby in Power Options,
then you will have to Disable it in Registry.
Go here--
then go down to # 340 at the left side, then
over at the right click "Disable Standby".

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August 1, 2006 at 09:14:06

I have an older version of my video driver installed for compatibililty reasons (with a game). Do video drivers affect standby mode?

My Power Options screen looks like this:

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August 1, 2006 at 09:15:04

Sorry, I guess you can't include pictures. Here's the link to the picture (copy and paste the URL):

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August 1, 2006 at 09:31:54

This may help for why standby is not showing--

How to troubleshoot hibernation and standby issues in Windows XP

Or do my Response 9 to Disable Standby.

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August 1, 2006 at 09:56:03

I could not find the setting for ACPI under the Device Manager as stated in the Microsoft article. However, APM is enabled in the Power Options dialog box. What do you think this means? Do I need to do something with my BIOS?

To clarify, I'm not trying to enable, not disable, standby. I don't need my computer to sleep at a certain time, like you can set in the Power Options window - I'd just like to be able to see a Standby button when I click "Turn off your Computer".

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August 1, 2006 at 10:28:04

What you want now comes out.
I would say that something is not updated enough
for XP, when upgrading from 98. Like drivers, or
incompatiable hardware. Like in this article that I gave you above--

How to prepare to Upgrade Windows98 and Windows ME to Windows XP

If you are having problems with a game because
of a updated video driver, then this is my reply for older programs---

I find if an older game or program cannot be installed by
way of its CD, then use "Program Compatibility Wizard" to install it.

If a game is installed by doing the above, but will not start by
way of the CD, then when inserting the CD hold down the left
Shift key for approx. 15 sec. to keep AutoRun from taking over.
Now click the game in the "All Programs" list. Should start now.
From a Microsoft web page:

If an older application gives you trouble when running
Windows XP, you can set the compatibility properties
manually so that the program runs in a different mode,
such as Windows 95, or in a different display or resolution
setting. To set the compatibility properties for a program:
1. Right-click the executable or the program shortcut to the
executable, and then click Properties.
2. Select the Run this program in compatibility mode check box.
3. From the list, select an operating system that the program
runs in comfortably.
4. If necessary, also change the display settings and/or
resolution, or disable the Windows XP visual themes.
Run the program again when you're finished changing the
settings. Adjust the compatibility settings again if the
program is still not running smoothly: a program that's
unhappy on Windows 2000 may flourish on Windows 98.
How to Troubleshoot Program Compatibility Issues in Windows XP

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August 1, 2006 at 10:44:12

andys1376, Go into Power Options again and under the Hibernate tab uncheck Enable hibernate then look under the Power Schemes tab and see if it now shows System standby: instead of System hibernates: See if this brings the Standby button back.


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August 1, 2006 at 20:29:21

I tried installing the updated video driver, which didn't help. I tried disabling hibernation - this replaced the Hibernate button with Standby... except it's greyed out. :)

I've requested a BIOS upgrade from the manufacturer, so I'll see if that helps at all. Any other suggestions in the meantime would be appreciated.

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August 2, 2006 at 06:12:53

andys1376, You may want to browse thru the links/threads at the link below.

Standby Button Greyed Out


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August 7, 2006 at 12:00:36

Still no luck. I guess the BIOS upgrade would be $50, and I'm not going to pay that much for something that I don't even know will help the situation.

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