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maiki
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Power Button won't put my X230 to Sleep!

New TP X230, running Win 8 Pro (clean install).

I have power options set to "Do Nothing" if the lid is closed, but to put the unit to sleep if I press the Power or Sleep button. (I don't know that the computer has a sleep button, so here I am referring to the power button.)

The power button works to turn the unit on, including to wake it from sleep. (So I don't think there is a hardware problem with it.)

But with the computer running, if I press the sleep button nothing happens at all, although I have it set to put the computer to sleep.

What might be going wrong?  (And is there a sleep button?)

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Message 2 of 9

Re: Power Button won't put my X230 to Sleep!

Hi, maiki

 

Yes, there is a sleep button. Depending on the behavior of your Fn keys, then you will either press Fn + F4 or simply F4 to put the machine to sleep. I would try to create a new power plan and have the same settings to see if you can get the proper power button behavior.

 

Hope it helps,

Adam

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Re: Power Button won't put my X230 to Sleep!

You may not be aware that the power button needs to be pressed and held for about 2 seconds to trigger whatever the power action you have set it to.

maiki
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Re: Power Button won't put my X230 to Sleep!

SMG47-- On previous laptops I owned, with the power button also set to put the computer to sleep, one only needed to press the power button quickly to put the computer to sleep.

Pressing and holding the power button is an emergency measure to shut down the computer completely. It should only be used in am emergency, as one should usually do a full shutdown via software, the OS.

I don't know how many seconds that press and hold to shut down requires, perhaps more than two seconds. But one would have to be very careful not to hold it too long, if it required a two second hold to put the laptop to skeep. And again, no hold was necessary on other laptops I have owned.

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Re: Power Button won't put my X230 to Sleep!

Hi, maiki and SMG47

 

I tested out using the power button to put an X230 to sleep and was just able to press it normally for just a moment, so a two second hold should not be necessary. Have you had any luck thus far, maiki?

 

Regards,

Adam

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Re: Power Button won't put my X230 to Sleep!

Did I say press it more then once?

 

More then a momentary press is absolutely necessary on my x220 running windows 8. 

The 2 second recommendation is not nearly long enough to trigger a forced shutdown.  It is only long

enough to bypass any safety delays which may be designed into the os or the hardware.

 

I haven't checked my earlier thinkpads(x21,x23,560E,600X,x30,x31,x40,T23,T40,T42,T43,T60P, x100e) to see if the power button delay is present on some or all of them but  I have encountered it before and think it's a good safety feature which avoids accidental power button presses which would otherwise cause unintentional shutdowns, reboots, etc. 

Cheers

 

Steve G

 

PS:  Adam was the x230 you tested on running W8?

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Message 7 of 9

Re: Power Button won't put my X230 to Sleep!

Hi, SMG47

 

Apologies. I meant to say that the power button has to be pressed as one would normally press any key.

 

Yes, the machine I tested was running Windows 8. On my machine at least, I was able to give the power button one press and it was able to go to sleep. The same also applies to the sleep button (Fn+F4). That being said, it may be a good idea for maiki to try to hold the button down slightly longer to see if that works. It may require a slightly longer press to put the machine to sleep. If nothing else, the sleep button should work like a charm, though it may take some getting used to.

 

Best,

Adam

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Message 8 of 9

Re: Power Button won't put my X230 to Sleep!

now as you said power button needs to be pressed and held for 1-2 sec maybe less for sleep function as opposed to one time press. is there any way I can remove this precaution and get laptop to go sleep with only one press just like any other regular laptop? some sort of program or registry setting editing?

 

thanks

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Message 9 of 9

Re: Power Button won't put my X230 to Sleep!

Thank you! I was having the same issue with the new ThinkPad P1\X1 Extreme. Now I see holding the power button down 1 second triggers a sleep event. Cheers!

~Andrew
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