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XW6600 WOL – stopped working on Windows 10 – my trusty APC PDU to the rescue

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/01/17

A long time ago I wrote in Mac/PC: sending Wake-on-LAN (WOL) packets « The Wiert Corner – irregular stream of stuff “I’ve succesfully woken up these machines: HP XW6600 running ESXi 5.1 ThinkPad W701U running Windows 7”.

The XW6600 have now been demoted to Windows 10 machines that I only need every now and then, so most of the time they are shutdown.

However, with the installation of Windows 10 however, they stopped reacting to WOL (Wake on LAN).

Per web-search results, I’ve tried all the permutations of the below settings to no avail.

Luckily, my trusty APC PDU AP7921 (and little sister AP7920) helped out: when setting the “Reboot Duration” to 30 seconds or more (so the power fully drains), it can be rebooted.

Note that since I bought these a long time ago, they have been replaced by these:

Firmwares:

Power usage:

  • an XW66000 with 32 gigabytes of RAM and one hard disk takes between 0.6-1.2 Ampère of current, which at 230 Volt is 140-275 Watt.
  • over one day that is between 3.4 and 6.6 kWh

Settings tried

  1. In Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Power Options -> System Settings,
    1. Click Change settings that are currently unavailable
    2. Turn off or on Turn on fast startup (recommended):

  2. Ensure the network adapter is configured for WOL (Wake on LAN):
    1. In Device Manager, select Network Adapters then your on-board network adapter Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet:

      a

    2. Go to the Power Management tab, then try with both permutations of Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power:

      a

References:

–jeroen

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