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Vista locks up when going to sleep


Overclocked Like A Mother
Hey all,

I selected "Never" for Vista not to go to sleep, but it still sleeps when it is not attended for a while. It doesn't wake up when I move my mouse around or press keys on the keyboard. I have a MXRevolution mouse with a G11 keyboard. I am forced to reboot and then get the "Start Windows Normally" screen.

I would like to leave the machine unattended for loooong periods of time then come back and it wakes up no problem. How can I resolve this?

Thanks in advance,


American Zombie

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Political User
There is another option in there that by default turns off the hard disk after 20 minutes so maybe that is it.

Go into power options and click on change plan setting for the plan you are using. Now click on Change advanced power setting and expand the hard disk category to find the sleep setting.


OSNN Veteran Addict
Political User
I have heard that this is related to NVIDIA drivers, which GPU are you using? Also, what happens when you choose the 'sleep' option on the start menu (where in XP you would normally have chosen 'shut down')?


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Political User
I had this same problem when I first loaded Vista and it drove me nuts - AZ's information above fixed it for me, hope it works out for you :)

Ray - I wasn't using anything to do with Nvidia either, just FYI


Does anyone know if there is a way to set options, such as the HD sleep, to Never rather than inserting a really high time (I'm using 999 minutes).
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OSNN Veteran Addict
Political User
Ah that must be unrelated then. I had a problem when I sent it to sleep while I went out and when I came back I couldn't get it to resume, it just powered on with a black screen. I had to unplug it and plug it back in, it worked fine after that. Sodding Vista bugs!


Overclocked Like A Mother
Hey KC,

Just got in. I am using an ATIX800XL for GPU. Looks like the problem is fixed so far, as I selected "Never" for the sleeping HD.


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