All recent PCs have the ability to enter low-power states like standby (S1/S3), hibernate (S4) and Away mode. When put in such a state some parts of the system are disabled or running in energy saving mode.
The system will consume far less energy compared to the full operation mode, in some situations just as little or hardly more than when switched off. When needed it can return to full operation mode in just a few seconds.
Running such a low-power state depends heavily on a proper cooperation between the systems hardware, operating system, device drivers and installed applications. Quite often this does not work properly out of the box. The MCE Standby Tool can be very helpfull when it comes to resolving this kind of issues.
Originally the MCE Standby application was designed to solve a number of standby issues that occurred on the Windows XP Media Center Edition. This was accomplished by properly configuring the system and actively supporting the sleep transitions.
By selecting the desired sleep state MST will make all the required power management settings, even some which are normally inaccessible.
The tool also has a number of active features that will help a system handle the power transitions properly. Automatic periodic reboots, closing and restarting of the media center applications and media center idleness detection are just a few examples.
Thousands of users from all over the world are using MST by now. The problems MST solved are quite a few. The following list is just a selection of the problems on which MST might be helpful:
– Not properly going into and out of standby.
– Unable to use the right sleep state (fans keep running).
– Not going back to standby after a scheduled recording or guide update.
– Not (reliably) waking for a scheduled recording.
– Unable to wake from S3 standby using remote.
– Unable to put the system standby by remote.
– Hardware drivers preventing entering standby.
– Black screen of death on resume from standby.
– Blank screen requiring a button press on resume from standby.
– Problematic USB devices at resume.
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– Run the tool and click on “Manage Settings” to change the active energy saving features, hibernate settings and the startup item list.
– Right click on the start menu and choose “Settings”, then “Settings MCE Standby”.
– Select the desired sleep state and/or Sleep method.
– Click “Manage Settings”, then “More Settings…”.
– Choose the memory check or idleness check.
– Choose the scheduler name.
– Define frequency and path.
– Select wake on remote and/or remote wake for idleness.
– Add your device for power management.
– Add a timer for media center idleness, then select the desired frequency and time before the idleness check runs.
– Select the period to check for idleness in (hours).
– Set delay for schedule (hours).
– Set delay for hibernate (hours).
– Save and close.
– Start the service.
– It can take some minutes for the settings to reflect in the MST application.
For further information and help see the following webpages:
If your PC starts showing entries in the list of users, it’s time to do a thorough password change. A weak password will eventually result in account lockout, preventing people from logging in.
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MST is a tool that assists you in the configuration of Windows Media Center and the power management of your system. MST is available for both Windows Vista and Windows 7.
MST is installed as an application and is almost invisible in the Windows system tray. Pressing MST’s hardware button enables you to see a menu which you can use to configure the MCE standby mode. This menu is shown in figure.
Figure 1: MST menu
You are able to configure MST’s settings from the MST menu as follows:
1) S3 state
– Select one or more USB devices that are allowed to wake the PC from the S3 standby mode.
– Select the method how the PC will be woken from S3 standby, this can be by remote or by clicking on a user input device.
2) S4 state
– Select one or more USB devices that are allowed to wake the PC from the S4 standby mode.
– Select the method how the PC will be woken from S4 standby, this can be by remote or by clicking on a user input device.
– Reset the PC’s auto reboot timer (set timer to 0 to leave it at its current setting).
4) Note: if the timer is set to 0, you will need to restart the PC
– Select one or more USB devices that are allowed to restart the PC from S4 and S3 standby.
– Enable/disable Auto restart on exit of Media Center
*For those using Windows 7:
– Select a percentage of time you wish the PC to run in the low power state of standby before sleeping.
– Select the percentage of time the PC should sleep. This means the PC will go into standby.
5) IDLE state
– Select the CPU usage percentage you wish the system to use while in the idle state.
6) Reset the computer’s idle timer
– Select an idle period length you wish the PC to use while in the IDLE state.
After selecting the settings you can set the system as follows:
1) Go to MST’s ‘Settings’ menu
2) Go to the ‘Advanced Settings’ menu
3) Click on ‘Set as default’
4) Click on ‘Apply’
5) Click on ‘Start’ (Hardware button)
– The system
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All changes take effect immediately.
All changes can be reversed if necessary.
A user can define custom commands for each user account.
Auto-reboot is fully automatic.
Notification of possible default actions.
Absolute time keeping and countdown timer.
All changes are logged in a logfile.
Backup and restore of data.
Support for PCs with BIOS without the ability to change the system configuration.
The system must be run as administrator.
Redirect of the old standby address.
Tuned settings for various sleep states.
Tabbed interface for easy configuration.
The program only supports PCs with Windows Vista.
You don’t need to restart the PC to use it.
MST will automatically recognize the commands, but will not execute them.
The program needs at least 500 Mb of free RAM and will run in 512 Mb of RAM.
It includes version 1.0.1b and should work with all Windows XP-based systems.
All recent PCs have the ability to enter low-power states like standby (S1/S3), hibernate (S4) and Away mode. When put in such a state some parts of the system are disabled or running in energy saving mode. The system will consume far less energy compared to the full operation mode, in some situations just as little or hardly more than when switched off. When needed it can return to full operation mode in just a few seconds.
Running such a low-power state depends heavily on a proper cooperation between the systems hardware, operating system, device drivers and installed applications. Quite often this does not work properly out of the box.
The MCE Standby Tool can be very helpfull when it comes to resolving this kind of issues. Originally the MCE Standby application was designed to solve a number of standby issues that occurred on the Windows XP Media Center Edition.
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Some noteworthy things you can do with it:
* Hardware monitoring. You can monitor various hardware like the fans and screen.
* You can schedule when a system will become available for use. This is commonly used to do something before a set time like a recording, updating of
What’s New In MCE Standby Tool?
The MCE Standby tool provides a nice GUI frontend to the system power management and standby configuration. The tool is running the Standby process as a background task. It will first check for available power saving settings and then change all the settings accordingly. By running in idle mode the tool will keep track of all the power saving settings of the system.
If a reboot is required the tool makes sure to properly reboot the system, should it be necessary.
In addition it automatically updates all current hardware drivers and software applications. If a hardware device is not working properly because of a missing driver or is behaving in a strange way, the MCE Standby tool will be able to download the new driver automatically (using Windows Update) and update the system with it. It will also update the system clock, use the automatic standby detection and properly close and reopen the necessary application.
You can also send the MCE Standby Tool instructions for a hardware device to support via an included tool.
Known problems in Standby mode:
The tool will not properly perform the shutdown (DISM commands) of an active Windows XP system and the service pack installation when using the service pack feature.
If a device is in standby and a recording will be set to start within 1 minute (the SleepInterval function has a time window of 60 seconds) it will not wake up after 60 seconds.
During a reboot the tool will not restart properly. The screen is black for a moment. After the reboot the screen will show an error message that the UAC was reset. This is just a temporary issue.
Every Windows PC has the ability to suspend (S3) and hibernate (S4). While in stand by the hard drive is powered down to a very low state. Most recent PCs offer the ability to enter these states from a separate menu in system control.
I wanted to let you know that I’m 100% satisfied with the work done by you. I ran the MCE Standby Tool on a number of systems. It’s my first stand by tool and from the start you’ve done a great job.
The following are a selection of notes I took while working with the tool:
– Installing the tool was a breeze.
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