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AFD Power Management: Frequently Asked Questions

Will the monitor shut off or computer go into standby mode while I'm working?

No, the power settings are designed to have minimal impact on your computing experience. As long as you move your mouse or use your keyboard, no power saving measures will take place. The computer only implement power saving measures when it has been left unattended.

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When will the computer's monitor shut off or go into power save mode?

ANTS has setup several policies with different power settings for each group's needs based on work and location. Typically, during the hours you are at your desk, your monitor will shut off after 10 minutes of inactivity and your computer system will enter standby mode after 30 minutes of inactivity. Slightly reduced times for inactivity are set during your non-normal work hours.

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What does standby mode do?

When the computer goes into standby mode it enters a state of decreased power consumption. The monitor(s) will turn off and your computer will stop running processes. None of your programs will be closed, you do not need to worry about losing any unsaved work, and you will not need to wait for the computer to reboot when you wake it up.

Standby is another term for power save mode.

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How do I wake a computer up from power save mode?

You may wake up a computer using several different methods, depending on the computer model. Watch the power light on the computer, it will change from flashing to solid when it has been woken up.

  • Move the mouse.
  • Click the mouse.
  • Press a key on the keyboard.
  • If none of the above methods work, press the power button on your computer.

Please be patient, it takes a few seconds for the computer to wake back up.

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How do I identify which power state a computer is in?

Your computer has several states it could be in at any given time:

  • Awake
  • Screensaver
  • Monitor power saving
  • Standby
  • Off


The awake state is the state your computer is in while you are using it. Your monitor is on, open programs are being displayed, and you are using your mouse and keyboard


If you leave your computer unattended for a few minutes, your computer will load its screen saver. The screen saver loads only when the keyboard and mouse have been untouched for a set period of time.

Monitor Power Saving

If your computer is left unattended for more than a few minutes, your monitor(s) will shut off to provide energy savings.

To identify a computer in monitor shut off mode:

  • The monitor(s) will be black.
  • The monitor(s) power light will be amber.
  • The computer's power light will be solid green or solid blue.


If your computer has been left unattended for 30 minutes or more, it will enter standby mode. Power save mode provides additional power savings by shutting off your monitor(s) and setting the computer to a state of decreased power consumption.

To identify a computer in standby mode:

  • The monitor(s) will be black.
  • The monitor(s) power light will be amber.
  • The computer's power light will be flashing green or flashing blue.

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