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I'm using Mandrake 9.1, and I'm pretty happy about, although there are some problems I'm still trying to fix.
I wanted to fix these problems myself by reading a lot and just learn from 'try and error', but I'm getting a bit desperate over some.
Here's the major problem: when I leave my pc alone for a long time, it automatically goes into standby mode, and there is no way to get out of that then just pulling the plug.
I tend to leave my pc on a long time, but i hate having to move the mouse a little every hour or so so it won't go into standby mode.
So, how do I disable this? I've had the same problem in windows, but I could just put it out in the configuration center. How do I do this in Mandrake?
Oh, and I should probably tell I have a Compaq which has a fancy 'sun and moon' symbol on the front. When the pc is on, the sun shines, when it is on standby mode, the moon shines. To get out of the standby mode, you are supposed to press on the moon button. The problem is, this only worked when I bought it. After the first format, it never worked again, but that wasn't a major problem as i just disabled standby. Now I'm using Linux, it is getting really annoying.
Any help would be appreciated.
Isn't there a file that controls the standby mode for the pc itself? I've done some searching but can't find anything usefull.
Some sites I've read mention something about messing around in BIOS, but I can't enter the BIOS. When my pc is booting instead of the bios screen I get a fancy Compaq logo, and no matter what button I press, I can't get into it?
well i know that compaq is crazy when it comes to entering the bios....i don't know why these companies can't just stick with the traditional DEL key... but anyways, try hittting f10 as this is a very common way of getting into them compaq bios' ... also if that don't work then it'll be all trial and error from there and you will have to alternate between the keys of :: ctrl + alt + function keys
function keys = f1, f2, f3, f4, etc, etc....go through them and see if any combination works...typically it is as simple as pressing f10 but if that is unfortunely not the case, then do the second option....
and yes a few bios' have things relating to the standby, etc...so you may find something in there....
also just for a little more info as i don't know what machine you have, but i know that in older compaqs you had to designate like a 10meg partition and install a graphical bios on the machines, and if thats the case you will have to go to compaqs (HPs) site and get that utility...
Well, F10 didn't work, and ctrl + alt + function just gave beeping sounds. By this time I got frustrated and started whacking on my keyboard like a madman and guess what? Yes, I got in the BIOS! :-)
I'm sorry I can't tell what key it was for further reference, if somebody ever needs it, I suggest random button mashing:-)
So I disabled 'energy saving mode', I guess this is standby, I think the problem should be fixed now.
Thanks for your help, DrOzz, I thought it was just plain impossible to enter the BIOS on a Compaq system, you helped me out.
and actually i just realized i made a typo when i just read your post...i meant to tell you to hit ctrl + shift rather than ctrl + alt but then again since compaq is all over the road, ctrl -alt may have been part of the keypress
glad you got into it in the end ... no matter what you pressed eheh