The Difference Between PC/Laptop ‘Sleep’ (Standby) And ‘Hibernate’ Explained.


The terms ‘sleep’ and ‘hibernate’ used in the tech sense aren’t really self-explanatory┬áso you may be forgiven for not actually knowing what is going on when you put your PC or laptop into one of these states. Many notebook computers enter sleep mode automatically when left idle for a defined amount of time. Continue reading “The Difference Between PC/Laptop ‘Sleep’ (Standby) And ‘Hibernate’ Explained.”


Solved: ‘Blue Screen Of Death’ When Booting From WinXP CD

Here is a quick tip for fixing an issue that caused me some grief this afternoon when I was trying to downgrade an installation of Vista back to XP on an ASUS F6A notebook computer. This fix may well apply to a lot of other systems too.

When I tried booting from my WinXP installation disc, the system began loading all the files and drivers as it normally would and then froze and went to the dreaded Blue Screen Of Death or BSOD. After a lot of rooting around it turned out a setting in the BIOS was the cause of the problem.

To fix it, I simply entered the computers BIOS while it was booting up by pressing F2 (most computers use the Del key). I then went to ‘Advanced’ -> ‘IDE Configuration’ -> Changed ‘SATA Operation Mode’ from ‘Enhanced’ to ‘Compatible’ and then Exit & Save Changes by pressing F10.

Boot from your XP CD and voila! It should work.

Happy XPee’ing ­čśë

Does Leaving Your Laptop Plugged In Shorten It’s Battery Life?

If you leave your laptop plugged in all the time, even when the battery is fully charged does it shorten the life of the battery?

That is the question that came up the other day and I didn’t know the answer, I always wondered myself as I use a laptop at work that is plugged into the AC power 99% of the time. Fortunately an answer to the question was very easy to find on the internet.

The short answer is yes, leaving your laptop plugged into mains power while the battery is fully charged will reduce the batteries capacity to hold a charge.┬á When the battery is running consistently at full charge it causes the battery to chemically kill it’s self. Continue reading “Does Leaving Your Laptop Plugged In Shorten It’s Battery Life?”