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Inspiron 530S Power Save Mode Loop

A friend's (not computer literate, I am, but am no Guru) Inspiron 530S is in what appears to be a power save mode loop. At power on, screen shows green power light, "auto detecting", and loud fan (compared to before problem). Then screen shows going to power save mode and solid yellow light. It appears to not try to boot, as no F2/F12 show and F8 does not work. When keyboard mouse icon is pressed screen shows green power light and advises to press any keyboard key or move mouse. When either are done nothing happens and screen shows going to power save mode and solid yellow light. Cannot access BIOS, Alternate Boot (to run diags), or Safe Modes.

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  • khpaladin Oct 30, 2008


    Sorry, did not include fact that there are no removable devices plugged on the system. Only equipment are as follows, WiFi (internal card) antenna, Flat screen monitor (cabled to video card), optical mouse, and main power cord. This is a stand alone desktop to access internet and check email.

  • khpaladin Nov 01, 2008


    Talked to Dell TS, what testing that was done changed nothing. The minute main power button is initiated no power transfer is seen by the equipment, including the monitor, which thinks there is no power. Therefore all the equipment goes into hibernation/shutdown mode. Bottom line, the internal power supply went the way of the dodo bird and will be replaced. I very much appreciate your interaction with the problem.

    Thank You

  • sfnvartist May 25, 2009

    when I try to turn on my computer it goes in and out of power save mode. The light on the power button is amber when this happens and the computer turns on and off on its own without reaching bios. When I finally called dell because I was stumped they told me it was a virus and that i need better virus protection.



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First you need to make sure that there are no other removable devices plug on the system, like usb, external hard drives, then if that will work try to go to the bios, press f2 when you see the dell logo, and go to the system setup, go to the boot device configuration and make sure that removable device is not the first boot device, if it is the first one choose hard disk and then second boot device ad cd rom/dvd rom and then disable the 3rd boot and the fourth boot device. Make sure to save the changes. And restart the system again. Once the computer is back and running try to go to and check the bios, download if there is a bios update for the system.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008

  • sweetyanne
    sweetyanne Oct 30, 2008

    I see, most on the power save mode loop appears on flat panel monitors, do you know what kind of monitor and video card does the system has?



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