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Vista Sleep Mode Issue: Fixed

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009 by | Filed Under: System Tune-Up Help

Vista Sleep Mode Issue: Fixed

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been dealing with a very frustrating issue with Windows Vista on my notebook computer lately. Here’s what happened: I put the computer into sleep mode, closed the lid and then unplugged the network cable. But just a few moments later, the computer woke back up! It happened several times and typically, it did it when my computer was already in my laptop bag, so I didn’t notice it until I got to my destination and the battery was nearly dead. What a nightmare!

As it turns out, there’s a very easy fix for this problem! All you have to do is disable the “Wake on LAN” feature in Vista. Essentially, the computer is set to automatically wake up from network traffic, which seems to include pulling out the network cable.

To change the setting, type “Device Manager” into the Start menu search box and then browse through the Network Adapters section until you find your network adapter. In this case, mine is “Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet.”

Right click on your network adapter and choose Properties from the menu. In the resulting dialogue box, click on the Power Management tab.

Next, uncheck the box next to “Allow this device to wake the computer” and the problem will be solved! You’ll also notice there’s a warning about having the option enabled in the first place. I hope this tip helps you out!

~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami

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