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Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Pre-copy file verification utility
« on: February 06, 2008, 07:17 AM »
Try Roadkil's Unstoppable Copier.

It allows you to copy all of the specified files from one location to another without stopping if it encounters unreadable files.

I've found it to be very useful.

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA - Update on RRunner
« on: February 06, 2008, 06:48 AM »
Sorry about being slow to reply - Its been a hectic few weeks.

The usefulness is in the unpredictability of the timing. In the real world there might be pop up messages or other alerts and events occuring at random times which the user needs to repond to. I can get the computer to simulate the events, but I at the moment I can't randomise the order or timing of the events unless I laboriously set up timer events for each one with manually chosen timings.

The suggested programme would make life a lot easier.

Post New Requests Here / Re: [IDEA] Autoset audio volume on boot
« on: February 06, 2008, 06:43 AM »
Try Quickmix

This lets you save a standard set of volume control settings and reload them when you boot the computer.

You can also save different volume control setups for different situations and load them as required.

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA - A different type of computer timer
« on: February 06, 2008, 06:36 AM »
I've now been using Auto power-on and shutdown for a while and it looks good. My computer now switches itself on and off at various times during the day. It surprised my wife the first time she saw it do this, leading to a frantic call to me at work to tell me that my computer had started doing strange things all by itself.

I don't know of a way to get the computer to turn on automatically when it gets power.

I tried using the Windows Task Scheduler in the past but it insisted on getting me to log on each time - I need the computer to get up and running on autopilot.

Thanks for all of the advice. Another success for Donation Coder

Thanks for the suggestions.

I wasn't aware that you could set a software timer to automatically wake a computer from hibernation at a preset time. I thought that in hibernation the computer was completely powered off so that nothing was running (apart from the clock which is battery powered). Looks like I was wrong.

Of the two suggestions DShutdown is free but limited to one scheduled event, although that could be the same on different days.

Auto Power On and Shutdown looks far more versatile in that you can schedule a range of different events, which can either be one-off events or regular events. I've downloaded the trial version and so far it looks like it will do what I want. I'll probably buy a copy.

I generally prefer to start from a clean boot as Windows seems to have a habit af gradually "unravelling" as it runs and if I hibernated every time the system might develop problems over a period of weeks. However, If I schedule a reboot, followed a few minutes later by hibernation, this would reset the system to a clean state each time.

One thing I'm curious about......
I've seen figures suggesting that when a computer is in hibernation it uses about 1% of the power it would use if it were running normally. The CPU fan is off so presumably the CPU isn't powered. I assume that most of the rest of the motherboard is unpowered in hibernation, so how does the computer keep track of when to switch back on? What is using the 1% power?

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