Away Mode brings the convenience, quiet performance and instant on/off functionality of consumer electronics to the Media Center PC. Away Mode improves upon current PC power-management systems by enabling the system to silently perform unattended tasks, such as record TV shows, stream content to Media Center Extenders, or continue peer-to-peer file sharing, while in a low-power mode that appears off.
Away Mode does the following when invoked:
- Shuts down the video signal at the port
- Pauses media playback
- Mutes all system audio
- Locks HID and PS/2 input devices, such as keyboards, mouse devices, and the remote control
- Puts the CPU into “adaptive” mode, which allows CPUs to enter lower power performance state (if supported)
- Notifies kernel-mode and user-mode components of the transition, which allows video cards to clock-down and software like IM to change status
- Notifies the BIOS through an ACPI control method of the transition, which allows OEMs to change the power LED behavior or put a different thermal profile in place
- Wakes back up when flash devices (USB drives, flash cards) are inserted
- Wakes back up when an optical disc is inserted in the drive
The Away Mode update included as part of Windows Media Center Edition 2005 Update Rollup 2 only installs on select new Media Center PCs that include the new ACPI control method. This cracked version installs the feature even if the ACPI object is not present.