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Written by MissingRemote   
Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Guide: Keeping your HTPC Awake

One of the more frustrating moments in my Vista Media Center experience was the first time the PC when to standby 5 seconds after a show finished playing. As it turns out one of the features (and yes I was able to confirm that this behavior is "by design") is that VMC does not reset the display/system idle timers during playback. So if for example you watch a 60 minute show without interacting with the PC (and why would you if DTB is doing it's job) and the system is configured to standby after 30 minutes of inactivity the machine almost immediately turns the display off and goes into standby. This guide will show you how to avoid said timer and keep your HTPC awake when you want it, so it can go into standby when you want it to!

Yesterday when we discussed how to make your HTPC use S3 standby I pointed out that my preference is use fairly aggressive idle timers on my client and server PCs, the downside to this approach is that it can cause some undesirable side effects. Today's topic is how to workaround some interesting design shortcommings in two popular applications to keep the PCs awake when you want. MissingRemote


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