03-30-2013 10:58 AM
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?)
03-31-2013 04:01 PM
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,
04-01-2013 12:55 PM
04-01-2013 03:13 PM - edited 04-01-2013 05:58 PM
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?
04-01-2013 04:57 PM - edited 04-01-2013 05:03 PM
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.
PS: Adam was the x230 you tested on running W8?
04-02-2013 12:28 PM - edited 04-02-2013 12:38 PM
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.
03-16-2017 03:31 AM
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?
12-17-2018 11:36 PM - edited 12-17-2018 11:37 PM
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!