- November 25, 2008 at 11:21 pm #159564riffraffMember
Never understood the difference, but figure it may be important on this little guy. Anyone care to explain the differences, and when to use what? ThanksNovember 26, 2008 at 4:15 am #171576balkanhaxMember
Unless I am wrong,
Stand-by mode puts the computer into a low-power mode, meaning that it is still using power/battery but is not doing anything productive. This means that if your battery is low and your computer goes into stand-by mode and drains your battery, all of your data is lost.
Hibernation saves the data that is within the RAM, saves it onto your hard disk, and turns the unit completely off. When it is powered back up, the data saved from RAM>hard disk goes back to RAM and allows you to continue working.
Hope this helps.November 26, 2008 at 5:27 am #171575undoMember
The computer wakes up much faster from Standby.November 26, 2008 at 9:46 am #171571jonbadMember
As per the other two replies, except when balkanhax said “lose all your data” they meant if you hadn’t saved a word doc for example and pressed standby when word was still open – you’d lose that unsaved current document in other words – if the battery ran out totally (if it doesn’t run out then it resumes where you were before standby).
Hibernate is better for continuing with the work and saving battery if your work is every few hours instead of every few minutes.
Great thing about Hibernate is that the computer is indefinitely off and will resume where you were when it was off, plus it’s faster than a normal startup. Obviously it’s a good idea to shutdown properly once in a while though.November 26, 2008 at 10:10 am #171570jezMember
It’s a little but like when you are working in a virtual machine and hit the save button. When you restart that VM you are returned to exactly where you left off.
Another question – how do you trigger hibernation mode?!! I have only seen it when my NC10 has been left for a bit and it seems to do it automatically (which is great).November 26, 2008 at 11:14 am #171572plasmapuffMember
If you go to the Control Panel –> Power Options –> you can choose to hibernate after a particular time.
In your case, if you prefer hibernate instead of sleep, you can reprogram the button by changing it to hibernate whenever you press it (Fn + Escape).
🙂November 26, 2008 at 1:59 pm #171573hefMember
basically, standby uses power when hibernate does not.
standby merely turns everything in the machine off except the ram, thus not losing the data stored within it (untill you run the battery out, which would probably be a couple of days on these, not sure though).
hibernate is like when you pause a virtual machine, windows saves the status of everything you are doing, dumps the ram contents to disk and then powers off completely.
90% of the time standby is the way to go unless you are not going to use the machine for an extended amount of time (more than a few hours).November 26, 2008 at 4:47 pm #171574riffraffMember
Sounds like hibernate is more useful/safer for me than standby. I re-programed the power button to hibernate, and left the sleep button as is.
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