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sound card and win 7 sleep mode

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Seasidepeter, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. Seasidepeter

    Seasidepeter Flightless Bird

    I've finally managed to track down the reason my Win7 won't
    automatically go into sleep mode: it's the sound card. ANY sound card.

    I've tested exhaustively, switching between onboard (via) and two
    different other cards, one soundblaster internal, one usb external. When
    the soundcard- any of them - is disabled, windows goes properly to
    sleep. When it's enabled, only the monitor goes off.

    What the hell is that all about?
    Any ideas what might cure it?
     
  2. Char Jackson

    Char Jackson Flightless Bird

    On Tue, 30 Mar 2010 15:18:07 +0100, Seasidepeter
    <seasidepeter@nothere.co.uk> wrote:

    >I've finally managed to track down the reason my Win7 won't
    >automatically go into sleep mode: it's the sound card. ANY sound card.
    >
    >I've tested exhaustively, switching between onboard (via) and two
    >different other cards, one soundblaster internal, one usb external. When
    >the soundcard- any of them - is disabled, windows goes properly to
    >sleep. When it's enabled, only the monitor goes off.
    >
    >What the hell is that all about?
    >Any ideas what might cure it?


    I don't have a useful answer, but I have to ask..."sound card"?? I see
    a lot of systems of varying age come through the shop, but I can't
    remember the last time I saw a system with a discrete sound card. What
    a flashback to the 90's. :)

    Anyway, I hope you get it sorted out. I have a feeling the sound card
    is using interrupt registers that aren't 7-friendly. (I just made that
    up.)
     
  3. SC Tom

    SC Tom Flightless Bird

    "Seasidepeter" <seasidepeter@nothere.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:dJWdnVEbLc2ClS_WnZ2dnUVZ8n2dnZ2d@brightview.co.uk...
    > I've finally managed to track down the reason my Win7 won't automatically
    > go into sleep mode: it's the sound card. ANY sound card.
    >
    > I've tested exhaustively, switching between onboard (via) and two
    > different other cards, one soundblaster internal, one usb external. When
    > the soundcard- any of them - is disabled, windows goes properly to sleep.
    > When it's enabled, only the monitor goes off.
    >
    > What the hell is that all about?
    > Any ideas what might cure it?


    Check to see if any of them are trying to access the web for updates. That
    may be the problem.
    --
    SC Tom
     
  4. a@b.c

    a@b.c Flightless Bird

    On Tue, 30 Mar 2010 10:31:30 -0500, Char Jackson <none@none.invalid>
    wrote:

    >On Tue, 30 Mar 2010 15:18:07 +0100, Seasidepeter
    ><seasidepeter@nothere.co.uk> wrote:
    >
    >>I've finally managed to track down the reason my Win7 won't
    >>automatically go into sleep mode: it's the sound card. ANY sound card.
    >>
    >>I've tested exhaustively, switching between onboard (via) and two
    >>different other cards, one soundblaster internal, one usb external. When
    >>the soundcard- any of them - is disabled, windows goes properly to
    >>sleep. When it's enabled, only the monitor goes off.
    >>
    >>What the hell is that all about?
    >>Any ideas what might cure it?

    >
    >I don't have a useful answer, but I have to ask..."sound card"?? I see
    >a lot of systems of varying age come through the shop, but I can't
    >remember the last time I saw a system with a discrete sound card. What
    >a flashback to the 90's. :)
    >
    >Anyway, I hope you get it sorted out. I have a feeling the sound card
    >is using interrupt registers that aren't 7-friendly. (I just made that
    >up.)



    Some of us use discrete sound cards so that we will have a toslink
    optical spdif INPUT. Those of us that wish to record music from high
    quality sources such as digital satellite or cable receivers prefer an
    optical input. There are only a few motherboards like the Intel P55
    that still have optical inputs, especially since ABIT left the
    motherboard market.
     
  5. Seasidepeter

    Seasidepeter Flightless Bird

    SC Tom wrote:
    >
    > "Seasidepeter" <seasidepeter@nothere.co.uk> wrote in message
    > news:dJWdnVEbLc2ClS_WnZ2dnUVZ8n2dnZ2d@brightview.co.uk...
    >> I've finally managed to track down the reason my Win7 won't
    >> automatically go into sleep mode: it's the sound card. ANY sound card.
    >>
    >> I've tested exhaustively, switching between onboard (via) and two
    >> different other cards, one soundblaster internal, one usb external.
    >> When the soundcard- any of them - is disabled, windows goes properly
    >> to sleep. When it's enabled, only the monitor goes off.
    >>
    >> What the hell is that all about?
    >> Any ideas what might cure it?

    >
    > Check to see if any of them are trying to access the web for updates.
    > That may be the problem.


    Thanks...I've disabled the Creative update service, but still no luck.
    I'll keep googling.
     
  6. Seasidepeter

    Seasidepeter Flightless Bird

    Char Jackson wrote:
    > On Tue, 30 Mar 2010 15:18:07 +0100, Seasidepeter
    > <seasidepeter@nothere.co.uk> wrote:
    >
    >> I've finally managed to track down the reason my Win7 won't
    >> automatically go into sleep mode: it's the sound card. ANY sound card.
    >>
    >> I've tested exhaustively, switching between onboard (via) and two
    >> different other cards, one soundblaster internal, one usb external. When
    >> the soundcard- any of them - is disabled, windows goes properly to
    >> sleep. When it's enabled, only the monitor goes off.
    >>
    >> What the hell is that all about?
    >> Any ideas what might cure it?

    >
    > I don't have a useful answer, but I have to ask..."sound card"?? I see
    > a lot of systems of varying age come through the shop, but I can't
    > remember the last time I saw a system with a discrete sound card. What
    > a flashback to the 90's. :)
    >
    > Anyway, I hope you get it sorted out. I have a feeling the sound card
    > is using interrupt registers that aren't 7-friendly. (I just made that
    > up.)
    >

    Yes, it's probably something obscure like interrupts...beyond me, anyway.
    As to why a soundcard - I'm a classical music fan, and get much better
    quality playback through my Xonar than through the onboard sound. Sadly,
    the pc won't sleep with the Xonar in either....
     

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