Computer Sleep Mode: Types and Fixes
For energy conservation, most operating systems offer an option that turns off the monitor of the computer automatically during periods of inactivity. This is called the Sleep mode. During inactivity, the monitor goes into one of the two sleep modes using less energy as compared to its use when it is in the regular operating mode. However, some users may find this energy conservation feature inappropriate if the monitor of the computer goes to sleep mode too soon. In case you are also struggling with this issue, here’s something to help you…
Types of Sleep Mode
Monitors that are based on energy conservation compliance have two distinctive sleep modes. The first mode shuts down the majority of the monitor’s functions and reduces the energy usage of the monitor up to 15 watts or less than that. If there is still no activity on the computer, then the monitor goes to the second sleep mode; in this case, it reduces the energy usage to 8 watts. The monitor uses only 10 percent of power when it is in this sleep mode. The monitor stays in this sleep mode until the operating system detects mouse movement or other relevant activity and returns the monitor to active mode.
Energy plans of the computer determine the operating system’s use of the energy conservation feature of the hardware. These energy plans generally serve two purposes. First, it helps in reducing the overall power consumption when you are not using your computer. Second, it avoids unnecessary drainage of battery when your computer is connected to a power supply. The energy plans of the computer decide how long it should take for a monitor and other hardware to enter into Sleep mode.
Examine Sleep Timer
If the monitor of your computer is going into Sleep mode too soon when the operating system doesn’t detect any mouse activity, it literally means that the sleep timer of the energy mode is set too low. The sleep timer allows you to change the timing of the sleep mode. If the monitor of the computer shuts down too early while you are still using the computer, because the mouse hasn’t been moved, you can adjust the setting of the power plan to correct the problem.
Adjusting Sleep Settings for Monitor
- Click on the Start Menu and open the Control Panel.
- To access the computer’s system setup options, click on the System and Security link.
- Then click on Power Options link. This will gain you access to the power plans that are available on your computer.
- Click on Change Plan Settings.
- Now, open the drop down menu that is located beside the ‘Turn off the Display’ option and choose a new sleep time interval.
- Click on Save Changes.
You can use these steps to change the sleep timer of your computer when the monitor goes to sleep too soon. Use these simple steps and change the settings of the sleep timer and enjoy your Windows-based computer, the way you want to.