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Dell SP2208WFP Flat Panel Monitor goes straight to power save mode

I have had my computer in "hibernate" for about two days when I came back my monitor wouldn't come out of power save mode and was left staring at a blank screen. I checked and rechecked all of the cables and cords...unplugging, replugging, changing USB locations, power off, and power on for about an hour. My last experiment was to unplug both the monitor and the tower from the outlits for about 2 minutes and...volia, the monitor is working again.

Yay, problem fixed, right?

Well, this isn't the first time. I don't remember how I got it fixed the first time because the issue lasted about 15 minutes (this time 1 hour). If anyone can shed some light as to why this happens or how to prevent it from happening again, it would be greatly appreciated.

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  • lindsseeyy Oct 15, 2008

    When my computer is in hibernate mode I have to press the power button to awaken it, clicking the mouse or hitting the keyboard doesn't wake it up.

    When it's in that mode the monitor lights are orange indicating it's on but in power save. When it's working properly the lights are blue.

    I have also tried an old monitor and it worked properly.

  • lindsseeyy Oct 15, 2008

    The light on the monitor stays a consistant orange when the computer is woke up.

  • lindsseeyy Oct 15, 2008

    You're wonerful, thank you for taking the time.

    = )

  • Fran Bednar
    Fran Bednar May 11, 2010

    When the computer awakens, Does the power light on the monitor turn
    blue and it doesn't work or light up or does it stay orange ?

  • Fran Bednar
    Fran Bednar May 11, 2010

    You Say Computer and monitor go to sleep.

    What does the power light on the monitor do when it does >

    Then what happens to the power light on the moniotr when you hit the keyboard or move the mouse to awaken the computer ?

    Did you try a different monitor to determine if it is the monitor or the computer ?


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If the monitor is not turning blue that means it isn't picking up on the signal that is coming to it.
Pushing the power button on the monitor should make the monitor work and give you a no signal note if it isn't getting signal.
If it won't power on with its own power button you maybe having a low voltage problem in the monitor itself which isn't giving it enough to fire up after it has been sitting.
Just a note these monitors use and make power even when they are off, unless they are unplugged.
I'm thinking along this route also because when you said you unplugged it for a while that it did turn back on.
Only way to verify it, is to double check the monitor on another computer. and if it is the same then it will have to come apart.
Power issues are very common in lcd monitors, Lots of heat in a confined space. The bigger they get the hotter they get.
You would think they would have incorporated internal fans in these by now. But then they wouldn't sell as many !!!

Search and you shall find me !!

Posted on Oct 15, 2008

  • Fran Bednar
    Fran Bednar Oct 15, 2008

    If you decide to rip it open to see, send me a picture of the power board.

    I may be able to see the problem.


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