Scheduled Start up and Shut Down

I am aware that it is possible to schedule the start up and shut down of a Mac OS X System.
I have been trying this on my MBP and it just wont work. When we say start up does it mean startup from sleep? or does it mean a start up from cold state? I have tried at various instances and using all the options that are available in Energy saver preferences but to no luck...the start up or sleep schedule does not work.
Any Ideas on this would be much Appreciated.Thanks

Have all firmware updates (if any) been installed? This is a list. System Profiler should show your current firmware version.
The only other things I can think of are to reset PRAM
and if that does nothing, reset SMC

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