Is there a way to wake up the PC from hibernate mode by moving the mouse or hitting a key?

Posted on 2009-12-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I know the basic difference between hibernate and sleep.
I am a mac user moving to PC's and just wanted to make sure
I am doing the right thing.


OS: Windows 7

I use a laptop but its typically connected to an external monitor
and the lid is closed. I hibernate the PC and would love it if
it came back to life when I hit enter on my keyboard or moved
the mouse.

Is there a way to wake up the PC from hibernate
mode by moving the mouse or hitting a key? OR Is this only
possible when I use sleep?

In which case is it okay to put the PC to sleep every night
when I go to bed instead of hibernate? I typically only shut down
my PC once every week. Hope this practice is not bad for
the PC.

Appreciate any comments...Thanks
Question by:darthvader747
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    This option may be found in the BIOS configuration. You don't specified the laptop model but usually you can access the BIOS configuration pressing F2 or Del on startup (read the very first notifications when power on the laptop). There look for power options. It is different in every model.
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    You can customize what closing of the lid does in the power settings.
    The setting is called "lid close action" but it affects both opening and closing of the lid.

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    You can also similarly customize the power button action ....
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    To specifically answer your questions....
    1) No,  the only way to wake a PC in hibernate is to physically hit the power button.   Reason:  it *really* is completely powered down... you could pull the battery, etc.  The only difference between hiberate and "off", is that the current contents of memory are stored in a file on the hard drive, and are available upon power on.
    2) Yes, its perfectly alright to merely put your PC in a sleep state at the end of the day.  For example, my mother has never truned off her laptop (after several years!).  She just closes the lid (which I've configured as a trigger to go into sleep... as shown above).  She just opens the lid the next day, and pow... everything is there.

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    Nicely structured answer! Thanks
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    Expert Comment

    The answer accepted is wrong.
    The computer is a laptop (not PC).

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