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    How to automatically shutdown XP after it goes to standby?

    Hello and Happy New Year,

    I am building a carputer using my laptop. To make the long story short I like how easily the computer goes into standby and comes out of it once a pulse is initiated at the power switch. But I would like to have it shutdown after a certain amount of time when it is on standby. I know in XP's power options I can set a predetermined time for it to go into hibernation after it goes to standby. But I do not see the point to have it hibernate all night in the car wasting the laptop's battery juice when the boot up times are almost the same as the ones coming from hibernation. A shutdown option with time settings is not displayed in power options, so my choices are limited to standby and hibernate.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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    You know hibernation draws 0 power? It's off. Just has a saved state to go back to on wake up. The 10 second start up to save state isn't going to waste much battery..

    Sorry if I missed the point to your post.

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    Thank you for your response. I was under the impression that in hibernation there is current drawn from the battery.
    Thank you for clearing this up for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baritono View Post
    Thank you for your response. I was under the impression that in hibernation there is current drawn from the battery.
    Thank you for clearing this up for me.
    When you use Standby, it keeps the memory in RAM and therefore has to keep the RAM powered because it's volatile memory. With hibernation it takes the memory from RAM and writes it to the disk, then shuts down. When it wakes, it takes that information from disk and writes it back to RAM again.

    So no, when you use hibernation, your computer is off. There is no current draw.
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