Power Saver and Standby Mode

My new computer has Windows 98 and a power-saver mode. My question is what does standby mode do since I also have the ability to have it shut down the monitor and hard drives? Also, when it goes into standby mode, how do I get it to come out of standby? Moving the mouse or pressing a key doesn't do it. When the monitor and hard drives shut down all it takes is to move the mouse and it comes back, but not so after it has entered standby.
DeCordovaAsked:
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cjoshuavCommented:
This probably depends on who manufactured the PC.  On a laptop, often times you have to press the power button to exit standby mode.  Many newer desktops have a "sleep" key on the keyboard or the case.  Who makes your PC and what model is it?

Regards,

Joshua
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DeCordovaAuthor Commented:
The computer is an Epiq sold by PC Connection. The motherboard is M6TBA. There is no sleep key on keyboard or case. Don't forget the first part of the question about what is standby good for.
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steptoe09Commented:
standby mode lets the computer sleep
thus not burnining the monitor and wasting electric
the added bonus (if it can be called a bonus) is that you do not have to do a full boot when you need the pc
thats what stand by mode is good for
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DeCordovaAuthor Commented:
How is that different from powering down the monitor and hard drives? Also, how do I get it to come out of standby?
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cjoshuavCommented:
Newer CPU's also have a "sleep" mode that can be triggered by standby.  Although the hard drives and the monitor are by far the biggest hogs of electricity, standing down the CPU also cuts power usage.

If I'm not mistaken, the current settings and running programs are either stored in RAM or on the hard drive in standby mode.

You may want to check the manual for the PC and see if there is a hotkey combination to exit standby.

Personally, I think standby is only useful on notebooks.

I'll see what I can find out regartding standby on that motherboard.
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cjoshuavCommented:
I couldn't find anything on Biostar's site, but I did find Epiq's Tech Support number:

1-888-467-1212
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hiap_hoCommented:
I think something is wrong with your windows 98/95 setting. I remember facing the same problems with you. Power down harddisk and power down monitor will give you the ability to power down only one of them, while standby mode will usually power down all the component thus making it longer to wake up. However you should be able to wake up your computer by moving the mouse or hitting any key on the keyboard. In the other hand it's all still depends on your hardware setting also
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DeCordovaAuthor Commented:
To hiap ho: If you think something may be wrong with my Win98 settings, what do you suggest the should be? Now, I have them set to go on standby after 1 hour, to power down the hard disks after 30 minutes, and blank the monitor after 15 minutes. I can't see any other kinds of settings I can make.
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hiap_hoCommented:
Can you try to make it standby in as fast as possible ? and try to wake it up to test whether your standby mode is working..
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DeCordovaAuthor Commented:
I fiddled with the settings in Windows as well as in the CMOS and that seemed to do the trick. It works now although I don't know just what did it. Thanks to all of you for your input. Points to hiap ho for the answer that put me on the right track.
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hiap_hoCommented:
Nice to be able to help
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