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Hi there, have had this thinkpad since July 07 and have always had  a problem with the power management,
have updated lenovo utilities and Windows, seemed to do this when I had Vista biz on originally and still now with xp pro sp 3.  Among other problems (which I will chime in with as I remember them), intermittenly when putting it to sleep, usually by closing the screen, the computer will not suspend, but instead put up the message that it is "preparing for standby", but the preparations must be legion, because it never leaves this screen and gets to sleep.  Only way out is to hold the power button down for 6 seconds and force a power off.  Since I run about 6 apps at once, this is a real drag.  machine has 3 gigs ram.  Any help would be appreciated
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I've had this type of issue with a Dell XP SP3 laptop; have you tried disabling the wireless adapter prior to sending it to sleep?
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Make sure hibernation is turned off. Second masure that your setting are correct for power management when you are closing the lid or pushing the power button. Make sure you are allowing enough time between you HDD turning off and you putting it in standby.
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Have not tried that, but that is a PITA, if it has to be... I guess i can try that, will probably wear out the switch as I move around several times a day...
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You can still use the lid closing to goto standby just make sure your HDD is not spinning down before then.
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not sure what you mean by that "make sure the HDD is not spinning down before then" The whole idea is that the machine is supposed to work properly, the power management software should handle all that.  Still looking for more info.
Thanks,
Dave

I am trying the "shut off the wireless radio" suggestion, will have to give that few days at least
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Yeah, about the wireless suggestion, I know it's not an ideal solution, it certainly wasn't to me.  But after I realized that was the problem I was able to find an update that fixed it; now my stand-by option works fine and shuts off the wireless automatically.
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So far so good with turning off the wireless to make the machine go to sleep correctly.  I'm all up to date on the software, so I guess this is the solution for this machine.  Thanks,
Dave
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Glad to hear that helped, as I said earlier, it's obviously not an ideal solution but after I realized that was it I was able to find a driver update for my Wireless card and after installing it I don't have to turn the WiFi off prior to Stand By.  :)
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