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January 8, 2014 10:12:42 PM

I recently decided to try and download a large game file and my internet speed is not very fast. I have to leave my computer on overnight and through the day to download this file but whenever I wake up my computer is always asleep. I already have my settings turned to:

Turn off the display: Never
Put the computer to sleep: Never

This is a desktop not a laptop and it is very high end I just cannot solve this on my own.
Thanks,
Ray

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January 9, 2014 9:47:20 AM

rejectracoon said:
I recently decided to try and download a large game file and my internet speed is not very fast. I have to leave my computer on overnight and through the day to download this file but whenever I wake up my computer is always asleep. I already have my settings turned to:

Turn off the display: Never
Put the computer to sleep: Never

This is a desktop not a laptop and it is very high end I just cannot solve this on my own.
Thanks,
Ray

If you're not really bothered about the 'Why" of it, and just want the problem to go away, here's a work-around:
Use MouseJiggler. It's a free software that keeps making tiny little mouse movements, tricking the computer into thinking the user is still active.
It's safe (that's my personal opinion anyway, based on about a year's experience) and lightweight.

Or you could also leave a movie running on full screen, or have up any full screen application really, like a game or some software, because the Windows OS is, by default, set to never sleep if the whole screen is actively occupied by something. The movie or game doesn't even have to be running. This should work even if it's paused.

If you do want to get into the "Why", we can look into that too.

- Nick
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January 9, 2014 10:55:06 AM

I'm glad to have been of help.

- Nick
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January 9, 2014 11:09:52 AM

you might start control panel, start device manager, find the network adapater
select properties, select the power management tab
uncheck Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.

give it a shot and see if it works for you

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January 9, 2014 11:19:49 AM

johnbl said:
you might start control panel, start device manager, find the network adapater
select properties, select the power management tab
uncheck Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.

give it a shot and see if it works for you


YEAH, NO, BUGGER OFF, JOHNBL, 'BEST SOLUTION' IS MINE, I TELL YOU, MINE! YOU'RE TOO LATE!

Ahem.

Anyway. Yes, this method should also work, and probably goes into the 'Why" of this question; why the system is going to sleep at all.

- Nick

P.S.: I'm not actually serious, johnbl. Good work.
(Not. *blows rapberry*)
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February 18, 2014 7:57:33 AM

rejectracoon said:
I recently decided to try and download a large game file and my internet speed is not very fast. I have to leave my computer on overnight and through the day to download this file but whenever I wake up my computer is always asleep. I already have my settings turned to:

Turn off the display: Never
Put the computer to sleep: Never

This is a desktop not a laptop and it is very high end I just cannot solve this on my own.
Thanks,
Ray


theres an option that the windows requires to ask you a password when you turn it on from sleep mode
you can find that option in power supply options in your control panel theres an option on the left "require password when turned on from sleep mode" switch it off and it will boot up when you will try to turn it on from sleep mode the next time you try

from my own expirence i had the same issue
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March 24, 2014 9:43:18 AM

t4akawolf said:
rejectracoon said:
I recently decided to try and download a large game file and my internet speed is not very fast. I have to leave my computer on overnight and through the day to download this file but whenever I wake up my computer is always asleep. I already have my settings turned to:

Turn off the display: Never
Put the computer to sleep: Never

This is a desktop not a laptop and it is very high end I just cannot solve this on my own.
Thanks,
Ray

If you're not really bothered about the 'Why" of it, and just want the problem to go away, here's a work-around:
Use MouseJiggler. It's a free software that keeps making tiny little mouse movements, tricking the computer into thinking the user is still active.
It's safe (that's my personal opinion anyway, based on about a year's experience) and lightweight.

Or you could also leave a movie running on full screen, or have up any full screen application really, like a game or some software, because the Windows OS is, by default, set to never sleep if the whole screen is actively occupied by something. The movie or game doesn't even have to be running. This should work even if it's paused.

If you do want to get into the "Why", we can look into that too.

- Nick


I have tried MouseJiggler (and every other suggested solution to this issue on the Internet and many different forums) and it does not work on my 8.1 64-bit Pro system. In fact, the problem has worsened since the maintenance download just last week. I have tried the network adapter change referenced below, I have tried several of the registry/display-related suggestions on the Internet to no avail. I am a Windows website and application developer (20+ years) so I'm no newbie. This problem is really starting to annoy. If anyone has any new suggestions, I would be happy to try them.

Just as a note on MouseJiggler, I started it up this morning, 15 minutes later after no activity all my screens are black. For all I know, they could have gone black a minute after I started MouseJiggler up.

Lynn
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March 25, 2014 1:39:55 PM

I recently noticed that my Windows 8.1 laptop was going into a sleep state sometime in the early hours. All power settings were Sleep=Never when on A/C. I happen to check the Advanced Power Options and noticed that Sleep/Hibernate After was set to 720 minutes but only for the Balanced power profile. All other power profiles were set to Never. I changed the Balanced power profile and will know tomorrow if it worked. I have no idea what changed the setting - possibly one of the numerous applications that I have been installing as I built a new laptop.
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May 16, 2014 2:15:22 PM

Go into your power settings and then into the advanced settings. Expand under "Sleep" and then under "Hibernate". Under the plugged in option, set the time to zero minutes. Then when you save the settings the zero will change to "Never".
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May 22, 2014 11:11:25 AM

Apparently, I've been beaten to the punch. Anyway, like the above two said, perhaps it's not simply your monitor turning off, maybe it's your entire system going into hibernation.

If you want to set the "Hibernate after" option to something higher, follow their advice Here's how to disable the feature altogether.

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June 19, 2014 2:06:05 PM

I wrote a little program called that prevents the computer from sleeping. I use it in a batch file so that my backup completes before the computer goes to sleep. It can be run from the command line or interactively. It will reside in the system tray.
http://www.gillenconsulting.us/files/NoDoze.exe
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