How can I autiomatically start a sleeping computer?

Mango the Fruitarian August 7, 2010
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I have a laptop that I generally shut (physically) when done with. This puts it in hibernation mode.

Are there any free applications that will effectively turn on the laptop at a preset time? I want to start it at 3:55AM, as I have a backup queued to run at 4AM.


  1. Mango Wodzak
    August 10, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    hi all, i don't think i'm technically savvy enough to mess with bios, but clearly my laptop must have it's bios already appropriately tweaked as the dennisbabkin download worked a treat.. does exactly what they claim..

    thanks guys!

  2. Saikat Basu
    August 8, 2010 at 11:03 am

    You can check if the BIOS of your computer has the PWron/Resume setting under 'Power Management'. Google has a small thread on how to enable your computer's BIOS for this function. After that, you can schedule the task to run using Task Scheduler.

  3. Enderwiggin24
    August 8, 2010 at 9:49 am

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