My HP Pavilion Won't Wake Up

By Curt Lanning

HP manufactures a line of competitively priced, entry-level computers, including the Pavilion, which comes in both desktop and laptop models. If you own a Pavilion computer, you may know that it can be configured to go into sleep or standby mode if no activity is detected for a certain amount of time. The computer normally "wakes up" when you move the mouse or press a key; however, a glitch can may occasionally cause the computer to not recognize a mouse action or keystroke. If this happens, you will need to try using a different technique to wake up the computer.

Step 1

Unplug your mouse and reconnect it. Try moving the mouse and see if your computer returns to operating status.

Step 2

Unplug your keyboard and then reconnect it. Press a key or two and see if your computer revives from standby mode.

Step 3

Press and hold down the power button on your computer until you hear a click and the machine shuts down. Do this only if previous methods to wake up the computer fail and the unit remains stuck in sleep mode.

Step 4

Restart your computer. You should be able to use the machine again in the usual manner.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your computer becomes stuck in standby mode again, consider disabling the "sleep" feature. The procedure for doing this varies depending on your computer and model, so refer to your user manual for instructions specific to your machine.
  • Any of your work that was not saved prior to the computer entering standby mode will be lost if you are unable to wake up the computer and must resort to a hard reboot.

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