Troubleshooting inability for system to sleep

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 21 July 2011 / Last Updated on 21 July 2011]

A tip on how to troubleshoot the inability of a Windows 7 system from being able to enter sleep mode.

Here's a tip on how to troubleshoot the inability of a Windows 7 system from being able to enter sleep mode. If you install Windows 7 on a system and then discover that there's no option for entering sleep mode, check to see if Aero is enabled. If you can't enable Aero on the system, then you probably have the default SVGA video driver installed instead of the vendor-specific driver for your graphics processor. The inbox SVGA does not support sleep mode.

To resolve the issue, go to Windows Update and check to see if a vendor-specific driver can be downloaded for your graphics processor. If not, check your system vendor's website.

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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