ARTICLE: Dell Latitude D630 Sleep Hot-Key

I have been a Dell Latitude D630 user for over 3 years now. I have used it in my previous job; I use one personally; and I have been assigned another in my current employment. My experience with this device is what one can reasonably call "extensive" that I have grown to be very comfortable with it.. and even prefer it over other notebooks.

But if there is one thing I did not know about a D630, it is the elusive Sleep button.. You might share this ignorance with me and it is only until recently that I came to realize what or where it is. If it ever was documented in the manual, I have not discovered nor came across it, as I have not read the manual. (The one that came with my personal Dell D630 is still sealed. Hehehe..)

Whenever I configure the power options for my notebook, it has always made me wonder where the "Sleep" button is. Just so we are in the same page, below is "Power Options" panel. And that is the snapshot of how I configure mine.

To get to the above, open "Control Panel" --> "Power Options", in the classic Control Panel; while on the Categorized view, open "Control Panel" --> "Performance and Maintenance" --> "Power Options".

The "Advanced" tab contains the configuration panel similar to the screenshot above. Configure it to your liking.

Closing the lid should be self-explanatory. I set this to "Do Nothing". Again, this is my personal preference. You can go ahead with your own.

The power button is toward the top center of the keyboard. The largest button and should be obvious. I set this to "Standby" when pressed.

And lastly, for the "Sleep" button, I set this to "Hibernate". But there isnt a sleep button on a Dell Latitude D630! It is however a pressing of a combination of keys -- Fn + ESC. The [Fn] key is toward the bottom left, in between the CTRL and WIN keys. Pressing both keys Fn and ESC simulates the pressing of the sleep button and triggers hibernation.

The "Hibernate" option is not available unless "Enable hibernation" is ticked in the Hibernate tab of the Power Options panel.

Speaking of Hibernate, a shortcut can be created with target "rundll32 powrprof.dll, SetSuspendState" (SetSuspendState --> is case-sensitive). This shortcut used to be what I have on the Desktop, which I no longer have any use for. If Hibernation is not enabled, this shortcut executes a Standby instead.

There you go. I hope the discovery of this Sleep button or should I say Sleep Hot-key puts more functionality and more familiarity to your Latitude D630.


FAQ: Enable AHCI on Intel Chipset (ver 2.0)

"There’s No Such Thing As A Silly Question" -- does the cliche sound familiar? In this part of pimp-my-rig reloaded, technical questions are answered. Mail them to me and I will post the answers here. If you have a better answer, by all means share it with us.

After having been successful in enabling AHCI on my D630s ICH8M chipset way back, I recently got hit by a Virut.NBL virus and had to re-install Windows XP PRO. To my surprise, the 79im05ww.exe (from its IBM resource page) is no longer available. AHCI has been important to me especially native command queuing or NCQ. Is there another workaround to it?

Searching around, it got me to the 79im05ww's upgrade -- the 7zim57ww.exe. Having found the replacement or should I say upgrade, I proceeded to download it.

I outlined the procedure below, as I had enabled AHCI on my Dell Latitude D630.

As outlined in the previous article, extract the file to C:\DRIVERS\WIN\SATA.

Replace every instance of DEV_27C5 with the ones below, depending on your chipset (if you have the ICH7M southbridge or I/O controller, skip this step). The target file is C:\DRIVERS\WIN\SATA\PREPARE\IMSM_PRE.inf:
ICH6R ==> DEV_2652
ICH6M ==> DEV_2653
ICH7R ==> DEV_27C1
ICH7DH ==> DEV_27C1
ICH7M ==> DEV_27C5
ICH8M ==> DEV_2828 or DEV_2829 (Check the value in device manager)

This procedure is similar to the one outlined in the previous article. So after making the necessary changes to the IMSM_PRE.inf file, execute C:\DRIVERS\WIN\SATA\PREPARE\INSTALL.CMD. Reboot the computer after install.cmd executes.

After reboot, do exactly as Step #6 to Step #8 of "Enable AHCI on Intel Chipsets". After the second restart/reboot, AHCI will be enabled.

I hope this post answers queries to the mails regarding the now missing but upgraded 79im05ww.exe.


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