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Yahoo  widgets do not wake up

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hi,

i am using yahoo widgets for clock and weather.... when my power features take over my computer.. and goes to rest... it starts up just fine.... However, yahoo widgets are still just dead. clock will not come to life,m nor will weather update to current info...i have to close it, and hten start it...

is there an alternative... is something wrong here..?>
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by:Merete
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Which windows do you have intelogent, if you have problems with the widgets loading after a hypernate could be a problem with your ram or the system is not fast enough or even the internet speed. Since most use the internet,
Desktop Sidebars are an alternative for XP if that is the windows you have, windows 7 has very good widgets
when I had XP I loved Object Dock and Y's dock
http://www.google.com.au/search?sourceid=navclient&aq=hts&oq=&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GGHP_enAU366AU366&q=Y%27z+dock
http://www.stardock.com/products/objectdock/

check out these sidebars
http://www.desktopsidebar.com/
google desktop has one
http://desktop.google.com/
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by:intelogent
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no , it is Win 7
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Could be spyware problem or simply no internet speed once the system comes out sleep, do you have turn off the hard drives enabled?
Personally I never use that option since it causes problems with programs reloading since it's not windows turning off and most programs dont recognise the difference with the auto start with windows in this situation,  could be the firewall blocking the widgets at wakeup, have you added the widgets to exceptions list?
Check the Yahoo shortcut is listed in the start-up
Preferences from the gear menu of the dock or the system tray icon.
In the General tab, Launch Yahoo! Widgets at startup.
The Yahoo! Weather Widget gets its information from weather.com, and without a connection to the Internet, the Yahoo! Weather Widget can't retrieve conditions or forecasts.
If you have other software that controls network access to your computer, examine settings there as well to make sure that Yahoo! Widgets is allowed access to the Internet.
There is a help page
How do I make Yahoo! Widgets run when I login to my machine?
http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/widgets/basics/basics-13.html
Yahoo! Widgets Help Topics
http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/widgets/
http://widgets.yahoo.com/download/
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by:intelogent
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"could be the firewall blocking the widgets at wakeup, have you added the widgets to exceptions list?    "{   no how is that accomplished..?

you maight also have something about the power issue....

going to change the setting for a day.. and see how it affects it...
for the hard drive does shut off... you are right about that...

i will reposrt back.
thanks

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by:intelogent
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when the computer goes to sleep, are the hard drives shut down?
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by:Merete
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depends if you have also enabled this, to check first if you have turn off HDD after 20 minutes go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Power Options>click on the Change when the computer sleeps on the left at the bottom>then open > Change Advanced Power Settings< at the bottom
A small box will open with Power Options> expand the plus sign next to Hard disk twice
My personal opionion this is not needed when you have the system put to sleep as the timings fot the hard disc may conflict with the computer sleep times.
To add yahoo widgets to the firewall and any other program you need to know the location of the .exe
 go to>Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Windows Firewall
on the left click on Allow a program or feature through windows firewall
if it's not listed then click on the allow another program and then navigate to the .exe of that program
You can also turn off windows defender if needed I dont use it as I already have enough security
But lets see if the problem is the hard discs turning off when the computer is asleep







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by:intelogent
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ok,

been running it a while, and the hd is no longer turning off...... so it seems you hit it..... but i still don't understand y.  so just conceptualize with me for a moment....
when my computer is just happy sitting around, isn't it running on ram...?   and if yes, wouldn't that not require hard drive..

also,   don't you think that when the system WAKES up, it would refresh the internet connection.......and thereby yahoo weather from widgets...

i would come down and find that the weather is three days off....

BTW.... just had an idea.... going to configure another win 7 machine identically, and see if the problem recreates itself...

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by:Merete
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when my computer is just happy sitting around << idle?
 isn't it running on ram...?  Windows? not my knowledge but any background running software does to a minor extent
and if yes, wouldn't that not require hard drive<< yes of course
>>also,  don't you think that when the system WAKES up, it would refresh the internet connection<< not windows but the active software yes

To add  if you have the HDD also turned off once it wakes and reloads the widgets I assume they will reconnect to the internet.
See if this can assist you
Standby Mode
http://www.theeldergeek.com/HT0_008.htm
I like the idea of testing these settings against another system
Cheers

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by:intelogent
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confirmed......

when my hdd turn off was the culprit.... it was turning off before the unit went into sleep.....

this  caused the issue... still can not see y, but it did...
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by:Merete
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Excellent, good to know it's resolved
Have a great day
Merete
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