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Mr. Pedantic

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#1 9 years ago

Hey, I was just wondering, is it possible to have a PC boot up automatically at a specific time/date? And if it is possible, how would I go about doing it?




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#2 9 years ago

No, Windows doesn't have the ability to turn on a PC at a set date, and I don't think Macs do either, however, certain motherboards have that ability by editing an option in the BIOS.

http://forums.ilounge.com/showthread.php?t=114249


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#3 9 years ago

I guess if you had a network, and a computer that was on 24/7 you could have a program running to send a 'wake-up' packet to the other computer at a specific time and date.




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#4 9 years ago

High-end ASUS motherboards have a BIOS feature which turns on the computer at certain times (designed as an alarm clock). Certainly not a standard motherboard feature though.

Definitely has to be supported on the hardware level too, not software. Windows can't turn itself on.




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#5 9 years ago

Check the manual. I've seen machines where it's possible but it's BIOS feature so would vary depending on the hardware. Wake on LAN activity is fairly common, but why not leave the PC on and just configure power options to spin down the disks and switch off the monitor after the machine has been idle for a preset time.




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#6 9 years ago

I found this option in the bios called ACPI, apparently it can 'boot' the PC from standby, at a specified date/time. I guess that's close enough, though I've never had my PC in standby before. What happens when it goes to standby?




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#7 9 years ago

Standby is basically a power down mode whereby your PC hardware and monitor will throttle down into Sleep Mode, allowing movement of mouse of stroke of a key to turn it back on. It's very helpful for networks that have to be on 24/7 or home users that run updates, defrags, etc overnight while sleeping.

Here's the definition and details specific to your options:

Advanced Configuration and Power Interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia




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#8 9 years ago

Revenge;4939308High-end ASUS motherboards have a BIOS feature which turns on the computer at certain times (designed as an alarm clock). Certainly not a standard motherboard feature though.

Definitely has to be supported on the hardware level too, not software. Windows can't turn itself on.

My Gigabyte has that feature as well, as does my ASUS M3A board IIRC.




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#9 9 years ago
Standby is basically a power down mode whereby your PC hardware and monitor will throttle down into Sleep Mode, allowing movement of mouse of stroke of a key to turn it back on. It's very helpful for networks that have to be on 24/7 or home users that run updates, defrags, etc overnight while sleeping.

Is it only PS/2 mice and keyboards that can wake a computer up from standby? Because I tried it with my USB keyboard and mouse, and it wouldn't wake up; I had to power it off then back on again for it to restart.




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#10 9 years ago

Bios feature again. Somewhere it will say allow keyboard/mouse to wake this computer from standby or something.

Further, you can type a password in a low memory state to turn the system on. The low state means nothing is running per-say, its a more enhanced version of standby so to say, the only thing kept is whats in the memory, HDDs and everything else turn off. Typing a password in low memory state wakes the system. Anyways, my mobo supports the alarm wake up Revenge was talking about, my system powers itself up at 9PM (if its off) then powers down after performing a defrag and chkdsk on all 6 HDDs.