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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5800 on: December 01, 2021, 12:31:03 PM »
I don't know you can try playing with the settings, did you check your BIOS settings? Also does it matter which port you plug the dock into?
Good questions, I will play around some. Thanks for your help!
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5801 on: December 02, 2021, 08:54:02 PM »
Is there a multi-key shortcut to lock/unlock the keyboard and mouse on a laptop?
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5802 on: December 06, 2021, 09:41:24 PM »
AFAR (relative) - their fairly old (desktop) computer is very slow. Ran a crucial scan and they recommend upgrading from 8gb to 16gb of RAM. Question is how do we know if that'll even help? It takes a few minutes just to even log in (win 10).
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5803 on: December 07, 2021, 12:38:12 AM »
AFAR (relative) - their fairly old computer is very slow. Ran a crucial scan and they recommend upgrading from 8gb to 16gb of RAM. Question is how do we know if that'll even help? It takes a few minutes just to even log in (win 10).
TIA
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5804 on: December 07, 2021, 01:06:53 AM »
AFAR (relative) - their fairly old (desktop) computer is very slow. Ran a crucial scan and they recommend upgrading from 8gb to 16gb of RAM. Question is how do we know if that'll even help? It takes a few minutes just to even log in (win 10).
TIA
Get an SSD - will likely provide much more benefit than more RAM

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5805 on: December 07, 2021, 01:07:55 AM »
get a new PC, a 5 yr old PC is the equivalent of a 90 yr old man
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Other than my work computer (owned by my employer), I don't have a single computer in my house which is younger than 6 years old. You can easily upgrade and maintain a computer which is 10 years old; putting in an SSD breathes new life.

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5806 on: December 07, 2021, 10:10:20 AM »
Get an SSD - will likely provide much more benefit than more RAM
Good idea, thanks!
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5807 on: December 07, 2021, 12:20:14 PM »
Speaking of SSDs, last year I got a laptop with the latest core i7 but without a SSD, the laptop took it's time turning on and was really sluggish. I really thought I got a defected product.
I added a NVMe SSD it now turns on, in under 30s and is very snappy.
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5808 on: December 12, 2021, 02:08:32 AM »
I set my laptop to turn the screen off after 5 minutes and go to sleep after 20 minutes. For both battery and plugged in.

After 5 minutes it turns off but 10 seconds later the screen turns back on. It stays on for 5 minutes, turns off and this time stays off until it finally goes to sleep after 10 minutes.

I tested this multiple times making sure that the mouse isn't being accidentally moved.

Any ideas on what it could be? (Windows 11 if it matters)

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5809 on: December 12, 2021, 02:26:46 AM »
I set my laptop to turn the screen off after 5 minutes and go to sleep after 20 minutes. For both battery and plugged in.

After 5 minutes it turns off but 10 seconds later the screen turns back on. It stays on for 5 minutes, turns off and this time stays off until it finally goes to sleep after 10 minutes.

I tested this multiple times making sure that the mouse isn't being accidentally moved.

Any ideas on what it could be? (Windows 11 if it matters)

@Definitions Could be that your computer is set to allow network to wake from sleep. Go to Device Manager (search for it and you should find it), open up the branch called "Network Adapters", then find your network adapter - would most likely say "PCI-e" or "wireless" somewhere in the adapter you should be looking for. Right click and select "properties". One of the tabs should be "power Management" uncheck the box that says "allow this device to wake the computer". You can send over a screenshot if you get stuck at any point.

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5810 on: December 12, 2021, 02:32:24 AM »
@Definitions Could be that your computer is set to allow network to wake from sleep. Go to Device Manager (search for it and you should find it), open up the branch called "Network Adapters", then find your network adapter - would most likely say "PCI-e" or "wireless" somewhere in the adapter you should be looking for. Right click and select "properties". One of the tabs should be "power Management" uncheck the box that says "allow this device to wake the computer". You can send over a screenshot if you get stuck at any point.

It was unchecked and is grayed out

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5811 on: December 12, 2021, 02:36:31 AM »
hmm - any peripherals that are connected - Bluetooth headphones or anything?

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5812 on: December 12, 2021, 02:42:12 AM »
My only clue to this would be that when I got this laptop (brand new) and set it up it somehow got my settings from my desktop computer which has an jssue with the computer never going to sleep no matter what I set the sleep settings too.

I think it has to do with me signing into my Microsoft account.

I'm nearly 100% certain that it's related. Because I made a special background image for my desktop that has a big reminder on it to put the computer to sleep due to that issue.

That background was automatically applied once I finished setting up my computer. I'm assuming if that was transferred over and applied there are other settings that were applied too.

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5813 on: December 12, 2021, 02:42:31 AM »
hmm - any peripherals that are connected - Bluetooth headphones or anything?
A wireless mouse

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5814 on: December 12, 2021, 02:44:04 AM »
If the wireless mouse is connect via bluetooth, try turning off bluetooth and then putting the computer to sleep. If the mouse is connected via USB unifying receiver, unplug the receiver and try putting to sleep. Let me know

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5815 on: December 12, 2021, 03:10:54 AM »
If the wireless mouse is connect via bluetooth, try turning off bluetooth and then putting the computer to sleep. If the mouse is connected via USB unifying receiver, unplug the receiver and try putting to sleep. Let me know
Seems like the mouse is the issue. I tested it with the receiver unplugged and the computer screen stayed off. I tested it with the receiver in but the mouse turned off and it also turned off. I then tested it with the receiver plugged in and the mouse on that's when the computer screen turned on again.

The weird thing is why does it stay off after the second 5 minutes?

I wonder if that's what's causing the issues on my desktop as well. ( It has a wireless keyboard and mouse)

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5816 on: December 12, 2021, 03:13:47 AM »
Seems like the mouse is the issue. I tested it with the receiver unplugged and the computer screen stayed off. I tested it with the receiver in but the mouse turned off and it also turned off. I then tested it with the receiver plugged in and the mouse on that's when the computer screen turned on again.

I wonder if that's what's causing the issues on my desktop as well. ( It has a wireless keyboard and mouse)

I'm glad we were able to isolate the issue. If you want to keep your mouse plugged in but not have it wake the screen, then in device manager you can go to the branch called "mice" and other pointing devices" and change the properties so that it can't wake the computer. Then when you do want to wake the computer, you'll have to hit a key on the keyboard instead of moving the mouse.

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5817 on: December 12, 2021, 11:51:04 AM »
JM thanks for the help.

Next up trying to figure out why my desktop doesn't go to sleep :)

I unplugged everything except power and display cables. It simply doesn't go to sleep. I set the screen to turn off after 1 minute and the computer to turn off after 2 minutes.

Doesn't have an internal wifi network card I'm using a USB dongle which I unplugged.

Screen turns off but computer doesn't go to sleep

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5818 on: December 12, 2021, 11:53:11 AM »
JM thanks for the help.

Next up trying to figure out why my desktop doesn't go to sleep :)

I unplugged everything except power and display cables. It simply doesn't go to sleep. I set the screen to turn off after 1 minute and the computer to turn off after 2 minutes.

Doesn't have an internal wifi network card I'm using a USB dongle which I unplugged.

Screen turns off but computer doesn't go to sleep

When you say doesn't go to sleep, do you mean the screen won't lock? what happens if you press the windows key and the letter "L" at the same time?   

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5819 on: December 12, 2021, 11:57:44 AM »
No locking with windows L works fine. It just doesn't go to sleep

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