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Sleep mode hey theres a butten on my keyboard to put the computer in sleep mode but i keep hitting it and cant figure out how to get it out of sleep mode with out shutting down my whole computer can you hepl me? From:Kaylin

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Re: sleep mode

Usually, to get a PC out of sleep mode, you either press the ESC key, press the power button a bit quickly, or press the sleep key agian. It really depends on the system. Try any of those to see if it helps.


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There is a long silver button with a black moon on the upper left of my keyboard. When I accidentally hit it, the screen goes black. What is it.....and how do you get your screen back?

Depending on how your keyboard is configured, that key is set to do one of two things:
  1. Puts your computer to sleep. (A low power state where almost everything is shut off, including the monitor). You can resume from sleep by hitting any key on the keyboard, hitting the power button on your computer, or clicking the mouse.
  2. Puts your computer into hibernation. (An even lower power state where everything is actually shut off, but a copy of everything open is saved to the hard drive to be opened during start up. It basically allows you to turn off the computer, but be able to turn it back on with program exactly how you left it). You can resume from hibernation only by hitting the power button on your computer.
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May 24, 2011 | Compaq Keyboard

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My keyboard has a quarter moon on a round button top left what is this

that is very likely the sleep button, it puts the computer into a low power sleep state, which you can turn it back on by pressing any button or mouse.
just let it go to sleep first before you start pressing other buttons again.
if its not coming up press on the power button once and it wakes up.
let me know if you have any other questions.

Nov 17, 2010 | HP DC170B Keyboard

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If the shape of the symbol is the cresent moon....then that is the "Sleep" shortcut key. It will send the hard drive into standby mode. In a lot of systems, this sleep mode can really corrupt and damage system files. I always recommend disableing sleep mode in the power options section of the control panel.

May 24, 2010 | Compaq Keyboard

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I am running a model 1045 on VISTA. The sleep key puts my computer to sleep but what key wakes it up?

Hi there,

Normally when you put your computer to sleep with your keyboard you only have to press a key on the keyboard to wake the computer again.
I normally use my spacebar to wake my pc but any key should work fine.

Kind regards!!!

Jan 06, 2010 | HP Multimedia Cordless Keyboard/Mouse...

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I have a Compaq keyboard that has a half moon on the top left of it and I hit it and my monitor went blank. How do I get it back

Reboot the computer in Safe Mode by pressing F8 at boot up and selecting Safe Mode. Then go to Start->Control Panel->Keyboard. Here you will find settings of this keyboard. Disable the sleep mode. And your monitor will come alive. Whenever you have any problem you must first use the control panel and try your hands at DIY. But do remember what you did in what sequence to undo it later if need be.

Nov 17, 2009 | Compaq Keyboard

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What is 1/4 moon symbol on top left of my compaq keyboard ? when i press it seems to put my computer into sleep mode . how do I get my computer started again ?

You are correct. The moon is sleep mode. Closing and opening the lid will often take it out of sleep mode. You might have to "unlock" the keyboard as well by entering a password (just hit return if you haven't entered a password.)

Under power options, you can select what the computer does in sleep mode.

Jun 20, 2009 | Compaq Keyboard

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CAnt acces safemode from dynex keyboard

  1. Restart your computer.
  2. Keep pressing F8.
  3. You get various options.
  4. One of them is safe mode.

Apr 15, 2009 | Keyboards & Mice

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Curious - What is the moon shaped key all about

this button puts the computer into sleep mode.


Sleep mode can go by many different names, including Stand By (Microsoft Windows 95-Server 2003), Sleep (Mac OS 8)-(Mac OS X) / (Windows Vista,Windows Server 2008), and Suspend (Linux). When placed in this Sleep mode, aside from the RAM which is required to restore the machine's state, the computer attempts to cut power to all unneeded parts of the machine. Because of the large power savings, most laptops automatically enter this mode when the computer is running on batteries and the lid is closed.
Though Sleep and Hibernate are generally thought as two separate functions, modern Macintoshes, Windows Vista (termed Hybrid Sleep), and some specially configured Linux machines also feature a variation of Sleep mode that incorporates the strengths of Hibernate. The RAM is copied to the hard drive before sleep mode is initiated, preserving the RAM contents in the event of a power loss.
ACPI is the current standard for power management, superseding APM and providing the backbone for sleep and hibernation on modern computers. Sleep mode corresponds to ACPI mode S3. When a non-ACPI device is plugged in, Windows will sometimes disable stand-by functionality for the whole operating system. Without ACPI functionality, as seen on older hardware, sleep mode is usually restricted to turning off the monitor and spinning down the hard drive.

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Apr 04, 2009 | HP Keyboards & Mice

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Cat hits Sleep button when I least expect it

Click on start and Control Panel then Power Management. Some computers have an option to do "nothing" when sleep button is pushed.

Dec 25, 2008 | Verbatim Keyboards & Mice

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Sleep button

u have to aigain press ur sleep button tehen he will be wake uo
or power off ur pc & restart its

Mar 31, 2008 | Labtec 9675120403 Keyboard

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