[accesscomp] Fw: How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up and the daily tech term

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  • Date: Sat, 24 Aug 2013 11:19:26 -0700

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From: dan Thompson 
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Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2013 9:14 AM
Subject: How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up and the daily tech term

I am going to try having a daily tech term along with the tips from now on.  
Have a great day!!



Application Programming Interface (API)

Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are sets of functions or routines 
that specify how software components should interact with each other. The APIs 
are, to the end user, entirely invisible and function behind the scenes, 
handling such tasks as process thread management, error handling, rendering 
output for graphic user interfaces (GUIs) and other core functions that are 
part of the computing experience.


How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up

Updated 11. August 2013 - 19:00 by  v.laurie


Not too long ago I bought a new desktop PC. Whenever I put it to sleep, in no 
time flat it was awake again. A little research revealed that this is not an 
uncommon problem and can have several possible sources. Malware infections are 
sometimes the cause but more often it is some device that is waking the machine 
up and that was the case for me. In this tip, I will describe several settings 
in your system that may keep waking up your PC. The discussion is for Windows 
Vista/7. You will generally need administrator privileges to make system 

*Step 1) Stop the mouse from waking up the PC
Mice, especially, wireless mice, can sometimes wake the PC up. In fact, there 
is a specific setting to allow this. If the mouse turns out to be a problem, 
you can change the setting with this procedure:

1.    Open the Start menu and type "mouse" (without quotes) in the Search bar

2.    Under the Control Panel list, click "Mouse" (or just press Enter in Vista)

3.    In the dialog box that opens, select the tab "Hardware"

4.    Highlight the entry for your mouse and click the button "Properties"

5.    A new dialog will open. Click the button "Change settings"

6.    In the new dialog that opens, click the tab "Power Management"

7.    Remove the check by "Allow this device to wake the computer"

8.    Click "OK" and close the dialogs.

*Step 2)Stop a network card from waking up the PC
From what I read, a network card is the most common source of wake-up problems 
and that was the cause of my own computer never staying asleep. Here is how to 
configure a network card:

1.    Open Device Manager. There are many ways to do this but a quick way is to 
enter "dev" (without quotes) in the Start search bar and click "Device Manager"

2.    Arrow down to "network adapters" and Expand the list by pressing the 
right arrow.  


3.       There may be several adapters, one for Ethernet, one for wireless, and 
others like Bluetooth.

Keyboard users, 

aArrow .  down to the adapter to be configured.

b. Tab to properties and press the  spacebar.


If using a mouse, 

a.  Right-click the adapter to be configured 

b.  choose "Properties". 


4.  In the dialog that opens, shift-Tab to Power Management" or click this tab 


5.  Remove the check by "Allow this device to wake the computer"  A simple way 
to do this is to press the spacebar.  This toggles a checkbox on/off.

6.  From the keyboard, tab to "okay" and press the  spacebar.  Then close out 
of device manager.

Mouse users, Click "OK" and close up Device Manager


*Step 3)Scheduled tasks , updates, and other causes

Sometimes a task or Windows Update is scheduled for a specific time and will 
wake up the computer. Dealing with these and other possibilities are discussed 
at this link.



*Step 4) Use the command line to find what causes the PC to wake up

a.  One way to find out what is causing a wake-up problem is provided by the 
command line. Open a command prompt and enter this command:

    powercfg -lastwake

The last device that woke up the system will be shown



b.  To find out which devices are enabled to wake up the PC, enter this command

    powercfg -devicequery wake_armed




Verse and inspirational thought for the week

Hope Like an Ancchor

Hebrews 6:19-20
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters 
into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner 
on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of 
Melchizedek. (ESV) 


In the song, "The Anchor Holds" by Lawrence Chewning and Ray Boltz, the life of 
faith is compared to a long night's journey on a rough, raging sea. Though our 
ship is tossed and battered, and the sails are torn, there is an anchor which 
holds us through the storm. 

This verse reminds us, too, that the anchor of our soul is sure and steadfast. 
Our anchor, our hope, is Jesus Christ. He holds us steady through the long, 
dark night. For our high priest, King Jesus, has gone before us and he shall 
forever remain. He is eternal, solid, everlasting. He is our rock. 





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