|To make sure you continue to receive my e-mails in your Inbox (so they're not sent to a junk folder), please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book or safe sender list.|
|Kim's Club||Shop||Listen||Columns||Cool Sites||Tips||Buying Guide||Video of the Day|
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008
Support this free newsletter—Support our advertisers
Using hibernation to save power
I work at a local public school. The state just informed us that our budget will be slashed. I’m looking to save money on our electricity usage. I’d like to have our computers hibernate when not in use. But there’s a problem. The teachers have to log in every time they come out of hibernation. This takes too much time. I’d like them to stay logged in and connected to the network. Is there any way to do this?
Hibernating a computer saves its current state to the hard drive. And then the computer is shut down. When the computer is booted, it returns to the saved state. Programs are still running. All the windows are in the same place.
Hibernation is nearly identical to sleep (or standby in XP). If you’re curious, read about the difference in this tip. Vista also includes a hybrid version of sleep.
You might want to use the hybrid sleep setting. So, I’ll tell you how to access it below. But, since you’re particularly interested in hibernation, let’s start there.
Hibernation is a convenient way to save power without restarting from scratch. But you can run into problems with incorrect settings.
You want teachers to go in and out of hibernation without hassle. That means they shouldn’t have to log in each time. This is possible. You just have to know what settings to change.
Setting up your computer to hibernate is simple on any system. The best option is to tie hibernation to the power button. The users push the power button when they’re done. Then, the computer will hibernate. When the users want to restart, they again push the power button. The computer comes alive, with all windows in place. That’s easy enough for anyone.
So, let's get started. In Windows Vista, click Start>>Control Panel. Click Classic View on the left side of the window. Double-click Power Options. Locate your selected plan under "Preferred plans." Under the selected plan, click "Change plan settings." Click "Change advanced power settings."
Click the "+" sign next to "Power buttons and lid." Click the "+" sign next to "Power button action." Click Setting and choose Hibernate.
Next, click the "+" sign next to "Additional settings." Click the "+" sign next to "Require a password on wakeup." Click Setting and choose No. Click Apply>>OK. Now, the computer will stay logged in when starting from hibernation.
In Windows XP, click Start>>Control Panel. Double-click Power Options. Select the Advanced tab. Select Hibernate from the drop-down menu labeled "When I press the power button on my computer." Uncheck the box labeled "Prompt for password when computer resumes from standby." Click Apply>>OK.
Macs show only sleep as an option. But it is really a hybrid. It saves to RAM and also the hard drive. That way, if the computer loses power, your files are safe on the hard drive. Click the Apple logo at the top of the screen. Select System Preferences. Click Energy Saver. Select the Options tab. Check the "Allow power button to sleep the computer" box.
Click the back arrow at the top of the window. Select Security. Click the General tab. Uncheck the box labeled "Require password to wake this computer from sleep or screen saver." Close the window. The changes are saved automatically.
Vista also has a sleep-hibernate combination, called hybrid sleep. The computer’s state is stored to the computer’s RAM and hard drive. This gives you the best of both worlds. Once turned on, hybrid sleep will take over automatically. Hit the button to put it to sleep. When you're ready, hit the button again and everything is there.
To turn hybrid sleep on, click Start>>Control Panel. Then click Classic View on the left side. Double-click Power Options. Locate your selected plan under "Preferred plans." Under the selected plan, click "Change plan settings." Click "Change advanced power settings." Click the "+" next to Sleep. Then, click the "+" next to "Allow hybrid Sleep." Click OK.
More energy-saving tips:
WOW! EXTRA HOUR THIS WEEKEND!
Every day, Team Komando produces some of the best content you'll find anywhere on the Internet. Here is a sampling of what's new on our site today!
• Only 4 More Days to Enter: Enter my Great Giveaway Sweepstakes every day for your big chance! We are giving away over 280 prizes totaling over $80,000 daily online and on-air. Today, enter to win a Logitech Squeezebox Boom Network Music Player ($300 value). Now you can bring your digital music to any room in your home. Enter to win daily here.
• Video of the Day: I love the music around the holidays. The songs just put a smile on your face. Here are some of my favorite Christmas songs.
• Cool Site of the Day: How much do you know about geography? Don't worry if you're a little rusty. Catching up with this site can be fun!
• Digital Minute, on your radio: You want to help the environment and save money. That means you should avoid CFL light bulbs. Find out why.
• Free Download of the Day: Passwords are always hard to remember, especially on the go. You better take your passwords with you.
• Tip on the site: Everyone is on a budget these days. But you may need or want a new laptop. You don't have to break the bank to get one.
Tomorrow's Tip, in your e-mail: Keep in touch with a Webcam
Copyright © 2008, The Kim Komando Show. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of The Kim Komando Show is prohibited and strictly enforced. Newsletters may contain links to sites on the Internet owned and operated by third parties. The Kim Komando Show is not responsible for the availability of, or the content located on or through, any such third-party site. Information in this document is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and freedom from infringement. The user assumes the entire risk as to the accuracy and the use of this document. We will not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from the use of this information, including, but not limited to direct, indirect, incidental, punitive, and consequential damages.
You may also unsubscribe by sending a request via postal mail. Please include your name, e-mail address and a printed copy of your Newsletter e-mail. Send to: