After reading the great article in the Aug07 Maximum PC "Put Your PC To Sleep and Save Hundreds of Dollars", and after finding the article's roots on the web
, I decided to give it a shot. I followed the instructions (as well as any info i could find online) to a T, and I can't get it to work right.
I need the system to be available for file serving to Xbox Media Center, and for printing from the wireless laptop (not sure if that will wake it up anyway, but hopeful). I would like to it sleep when nothing is going on.
I can enter S3 Sleep mode just fine, but it wakes up automatically after a second or 2. I assume this is because of normal network activity, so how do I get the system to know the difference between normal network refreshing stuff and an actual call for a file?
Here's my specs: Home-built system with an Abit AN8-SLi (Nforce 4) motherboard, fresh install of Windows XP. Networked via the on-board LAN.
Wake on Lan is enabled in BIOS.
BIOS option "USB resume from S3" disabled - I don't need the mouse to wake it up, i can use the power button
BIOS option "Wake-up by PME# of PCI" disabled - I don't need any PCI devices waking it up
BIOS option "Wake-up by OnChip LAN" enabled
NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller Properties:
"Allow this device to bring the computer out of standby" is checked.
"Only allow management stations..." is unchecked (when checked, apparently only the elusive "magic packet" can wake it, and I don't think the xbox can deliver this magic. It does, however, stay asleep when this is checked.
On the advanced tab, "Wake on magic packet", "Wake on pattern", and "WakeOnLAN from PowerOff" are all enabled.
Computer is set to a static IP
All network shares are mapped to network drives, using the IP address instead of the computer name.