Just got a peachy new Sony Vaio laptop (Z1XSP). I was wondering if people felt it ok to simply put it to sleep overnight rather than shut it down. This is obviously more convenient for me. I also keep it sleeping when transporting it. Any ideas? TIA.
HIBERNATION vs STANDBY Mode are very similar and people tend to confuse the differences. Standby basically turns off power consuming components like the hard disks and monitor. It switches the computer to a low power state. Its much like a warm boot. Any contents of memory and unsaved desktop settings are lost. Hibernation saves state information by writing a hibernation file which contains the contents of memory and is thus the same size as total RAM. This is a snapshot of active memory. When you turn your PC back on, the state, including which applications are running (desktop) and the memory contents are restored to RAM and voila! - you are back to where you were when Hibernation mode started. The restoration of state can take place in 5 minutes, 5 hours, 5 days, 5 weeks, .... Hibernation is only available if your system is ACPI-compatible. If it is not, the Hibernation tab will be missing and you will have an APM tab instead. To enable Hibernation mode as one of your Shutdown options:
click Start / Settings / Control Panel double-click Power Options icon click Hibernate tab and select the Enable hibernate support check box click apply
Goto control panel, select power options i and select what you want i.e close lid, press powe button.also click hibernation tab and select hibernation mode. I have hibernation mode selected on close lid and on power button and sleep mode to ask me what i want to do.