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Is your hard drive or monitor randomly switching off after a few minutes of uptime?

This problem could be that your Power Options in the Control Panel have been switched to "switch off the component ever now and then to save power". To change this, do the following:

1) Navigate to the Control Panel by clicking Start and then Control Panel. Then double click on Power Options as shown below circled in red.

2) This will then display the Power Options window as shown below.

3) Once you have opened the Power Option Properties, under Power Schemes select the one that best suits your PC system.

4) Then you can select whether or not to switch off your monitor and/or hard drives after a period of time when it is not being used.

If you have your PC on most of the time then I suggest you select Never as the turn off option for both your hard drive and monitor. If you are using a laptop the turning off the hard drive and screen can however save on battery power when the laptop is not in use.

If your problem persists then it might just be as simple as a loose connection, make sure all hard drive connectors are firmly inserted and that your monitor display plug is correctly plugged into your display card or onboard display correctly.

If your hard drive persists with this problem then it may be a faulty dive. I suggest you take the drive to a PC technician and have them check if it's faulty or malfunctioning.

If you can faintly see your desktop background on the monitor that switches off then check my tip about LCD backlighting issues: http://www.fixya.com/support/r6836567-lcd_monitor_displays_background_fine


You can also check out my video tutorial on this below:

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Power save mode on the Lenovo IdeaPad


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if you want to change power options it's control panel then performance and maintenance then power options.

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I entered the problem before. Here it is again:


In the Control Panel>Accessibility>Display
If the high contrast box is checked, uncheck it.
When you say in "Add program", where is that exactly? Under Display in the Accessibility window I only see High Contrast Options andCursor Options. Did you maybe change a program in the Control Panels "Add or Remove Programs" section? It's either that

or

your monitor may be entering power saving mode.

This problem could be that your Power Options in the Control Panel have been switched to "switch off the component ever now and then to save power". To change this, do the following:

1) Navigate to the Control Panel by clicking Start and then Control Panel. Then double click on Power Options as shown below circled in red.
slasher_x_14.jpg
2) This will then display the Power Options window as shown below.
slasher_x_16.jpg
3) Once you have opened the Power Option Properties, under Power Schemes select the one that best suits your PC system.
slasher_x_15.jpg
4) Then you can select whether or not to switch off your monitor and/or hard drives after a period of time when it is not being used.

If you have your PC on most of the time then I suggest you select Never as the turn off option for both your hard drive and monitor. If you are using a laptop the turning off the hard drive and screen can however save on battery power when the laptop is not in use.

If your problem persists then it might just be as simple as a loose connection, make sure that your monitor display plug is correctly plugged into your display card or onboard display correctly.

Let me know how it goes.
~Slasher_X

Nov 06, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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Somehow I must have done a 'Setting-Mistake' , as my LG monitor ( MS xp ) switches for 3 seconds completely black, in regular sequences of 1 minute. Please help Hans


Hi there.

In the Control Panel>Accessibility>Display
If the high contrast box is checked, uncheck it.
When you say in "Add program", where is that exactly? Under Display in the Accessibility window I only see High Contrast Options andCursor Options. Did you maybe change a program in the Control Panels "Add or Remove Programs" section? It's either that

or

your monitor may be entering power saving mode.

This problem could be that your Power Options in the Control Panel have been switched to "switch off the component ever now and then to save power". To change this, do the following:

1) Navigate to the Control Panel by clicking Start and then Control Panel. Then double click on Power Options as shown below circled in red.
slasher_x_14.jpg
2) This will then display the Power Options window as shown below.
slasher_x_16.jpg
3) Once you have opened the Power Option Properties, under Power Schemes select the one that best suits your PC system.
slasher_x_15.jpg
4) Then you can select whether or not to switch off your monitor and/or hard drives after a period of time when it is not being used.

If you have your PC on most of the time then I suggest you select Never as the turn off option for both your hard drive and monitor. If you are using a laptop the turning off the hard drive and screen can however save on battery power when the laptop is not in use.

If your problem persists then it might just be as simple as a loose connection, make sure that your monitor display plug is correctly plugged into your display card or onboard display correctly.

Let me know how it goes.
~Slasher_X

Nov 06, 2011 | LG 22" FLATRON LCD Monitor

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monitor going to sleep


This problem could be that your Power Options in the Control Panel have been switched to "switch off the component ever now and then to save power". To change this, do the following:

1) Navigate to the Control Panel and double click on Power Options.
slasher_x_14.jpg
2) This will display the Power Options window.
slasher_x_16.jpg
3) Once opened under Power schemes select the one that best suites your system.
slasher_x_15.jpg
4) Then you can select whether or not to switch off your monitor and/or hardrives after a period of time when it is not being used.

If your problem persists then it might just be as simple as a loose connection, make sure your monitor display plug is correctly plugged into your display card or onbaord display correctly.

Jan 19, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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I have hp pavilion dv4 laptop . The wifi is disabled by itself!


At the time when laptop is charging, go to power settings and disable the battery (energy) saving option, as this option starts to switch off devices one by one to prolong the discharge time.

Aug 07, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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