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Laptop Power Settings

By changing the power settings from low power mode will help keep the laptop warm as it continues to operate. Instead of the hard drive shut down, keep spinning. The longer the laptop can be detained run, the hotter it will remain as it creates its own heat.

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tablet goes to sleep within just a 'few' minutes of nonuse i would like to know how to change this to make it just go to screensaver and not to go to sleep or hybernate so soon after i walk away from the computer.after this happens sometimes i can hit spacebar and it will come back up but often it will not come back up just by hitting the space bar and i have to hold down the power button and then push power button to open it back up.....then windows it says windows did not shut down properly etc....is this harming the tablet?


Yes the Forced Shut Downs are very harmful to the Power Management System of the laptop, its Batteries, the Hard Drive and the integrity of the Operating System. I strongly advise you to desist from doing this.

If your Laptop goes into Power Save Screen Shut Down, the Hard Drive is unaffected and remains active typically after a short period of User inactivity), A sweep of the Touch Pad or touch of the Space Bar should instantly re-illuminate the Screen. Longer periods of User inactivity, however, can cause Hibernation Mode to set in, during which both Screen and Hard Drive go into Power Save Shut Down.

To Resume Operation from Hibernation Mode press and hold the Power Button for just 1 second, then release it. The Laptop's Login Page or Screen Saver should then appear on the screen after a moment or two, This is the correct procedure. Pressing and holding down the Power Button until the computer shuts down is called a Forced Shut Down and is reserved for emergencies such Screen Freezes, Serious Crashes, Rapid Termination of an Uninterruptible Virus Download, System Failure and other similarly urgent scenarios and only.

You do not say which Operating System you're using or mention the make or model number of your laptop, to enable me to make an informed guess, so I offer you a generalised Windows Solution, which can be extrapolated to other Operating Systems or refined by further clarification, if required.

Right Click on an empty space on the Taskbar > Properties > Notification Area > tick Power if it is not already ticked > Apply > OK > right click on the Battery Icon, bottom right of screen, near the clock > Power Options > Select a Power Plan > tick High Performance > Change Plan Settings > use 4 Drop Menus to select your preferred option in time ranges from as short as 1 minute up to as londg as Never for each of the 4 functions (2 for use under battery power and 2 for battery-less, direct mains powered use) > Save Settings > Restart computer > Test your satisfaction level and Reset again if necessary.

If the above Step-By-Step Guide does not tally with your Operating System, please feel free to Add a Comment/Clarification Request to this Question, identifying your Laptop's Brand Name and Model Number and your Operating System and I will happily do my best to offer you further guidance.

I hope this helps.

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Sep 04, 2011 | ASUS Computers & Internet

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I need to use recovery disc on my laptop 1410/2410 Toshiba

Power down the notebook, as soon as you power it up continually keep tapping on the 0 (zero) key. You should see "Hard disk drive recovery mode"

The "recovery mode" will bring your notebook back to factory default settings so please save your data because you will lose it.

In case Toshiba changed the older models,(which seems to be the case) here is a link to a pdf file from Toshiba


Hope this helps.

Nov 10, 2009 | Toshiba P000355040 - Satellite 1410 and...

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windows explorer keeps shutting down if inactive.

Go into the Control Panel and check out this category:
Power Options - See if your computer is set to shut down or enter standby mode at a specified interval. If you do not want it to, change the setting to an acceptable one. You will have options for time until the monitor turns off, the hard drive turns off, the system stands by and the system hibernates.

Hope this helps,

Oct 08, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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My HP Pavilion laptop will not boot.

Usually the message about low virtual memory is because there isn't enough RAM and it was using up all the designated space on the hard drive as Virtual memory. (Uses a part of the hard drive like RAM)

That shouldn't account for being unable to boot into any Windows options though.

The one trick with HP computers, you can try is to take the battery out, make sure the Laptop isn't plugged in with an AC adapter then press and hold the power button in for 10 seconds with no power going to the laptop. This is doing a power drain. Then put the battery back in and try to power on and boot up the computer.

When you choose safe mode, does the computer ask which operating system you want to boot into and does it give you the option to choose "Recovery Console"? Or is there an option on the screen with the safe mode options to Choose your Operating System? If not then the recovery console wasn't installed. If you can choose the recovery console, you might be able to replace the failed files that are not allowing the computer to boot into any version of Windows. Unfortunately, the computer isn't reporting which files are the problem, winlogon.exe/userinit.exe/etc.

You can get a hardrive enclosure at a computer store that allows you to put the laptop hard drive in the enclosure, then plug the enclosure into another computer with a USB cable then you can copy the sensitive data onto the other computer.

If you aren't comfortable taking the Hard Drive out yourself, you can take the laptop to a computer store, and they will take the Hard Drive and hook it up to a second computer as a Slave (Secondary Hard Drive) and copy the data over for you

Apr 12, 2009 | HP Pavilion dv8000z Notebook

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i had to restart my IBM Laptop by shutting down the power manually.now it will not re-start windows even in Safe mode.im getting a ECC Error sectors 53072284 - 53072411 Hard Disk Drive any help would be great

Sounds like a corrupted or damaged hard drive, if u can get to dos instead of safe mode try running one of these to commands to do a hard drive sector check and repair:
chkntfs - dos hard drive check
scandisk - windows hard drive check

Even if these fix the hard drive problem depending on what sector was damaged u may still need to reinstall windows though

Mar 29, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad R40 2722 Notebook

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