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Dell monitor dialog box says monitor is in the power save mode

It says to activate using PC. I cannot get the monitor to come out of this power save mode. I have a black screen with ony a small dialog box stating that the monitor is in the power save mode - activate using PC

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  • Linbusy Jan 06, 2009

    When I turn on the PC, sounds like it's starting up just fine, but monitor is black. When I hit some of the buttons on the front of the monitor, a message about being in PowerSave mode is on the monitor - and it tells me to hit any key or move the mouse, which doesn't work. After a couple of seconds, message disappears and screen goes to black.
    I turned everything off, redid connections, held cpu on button for 10 seconds then restarted. No changes.
    When I unhooked monitor from cpu, monitor showed self test box with the different colors.
    When I plugged in an OLD Dell Monitor, screen stayed black when it was hooked to cpu, but when disconnected, got a message on now disconnected monitor that there was no signal.
    Is this the cpu? video card?
    Ideas?



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Actually, it most likely is not the monitor which is in "power save mode", it is the computer itself.

When you cannot get a computer out of "power save mode" by any other means, typically the cause is that the button-cell-type battery of your computer, which is located on the motherboard, is empty.

Usually, this happens on a computer which is a few years old, since its batteries will have run out after such a long time. (The motherboard battery is used to store various settings when the computer power is off, such as date and time. When your computer detects this battery is empty, it goes into a low-power mode).

The solution is to replace the button-cell battery on the motherboard of your computer:

  • open the case of your computer;
  • visually locate the motherboard (the main electronic circuit board) of your computer;
  • visually scan the motherboard for a button-cell battery (it looks like a digital watch battery, but a bit larger);
  • remove this motherboard battery from your computer;
  • restart your computer: it should now power up normally (you may get some warning messages during the start-up sequence, but ignore them);
  • set the date and time of your computer using the "Date and Time" control panel;
  • you can now use your computer normally, but you will lose date and time settings when you disconnect the computer power cord, since there is no motherboard battery present to store them;
  • take the motherboard battery to an electronics store and get a replacement;
  • install the new battery in your computer;
  • restart your computer, and set the date and time again; the settings will now be saved using motherboard battery power.

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This error normally occurs when the monitor is not receiving a singanl from the tower. So 1st check the cable connection to the VGA port on the back of the tower and ensure that the cable is securely connected. While looking at the back of the tower, look at the diagnotic LEDs near the PS2 ports marked ABCD. They should all be green If they are not, then there is a problem with the tower and you need to post the indications on the LED (GGAA for example indicates a RAM failure)

If you are using an LCD monitor, you may also need to check the input select button on the monitor if you accidently bump or press the button, then you could change in input selection to DVI and then get this error too.

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SOURCE: Monitor automatically clicks into power saving mode

check the primary settings for your default video card.

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SOURCE: Dell PC Power Save Mode

When you first plug it in and turn it on, the monitor will shut itself down with only this little note until it receives a signal from the computer to do something else.

You will have to double check the computer as well, and ensure that it too, is turned on. If this is the case, then your next step is to ensure that the monitor and the computer are talking with each other, that is, you'll have to unplug the monitor from the computer and plug it back in again.

If you do all these things, and you still have this message, then something may be wrong with your video card. At that point, you may have to consider taking it to a professional.

good luck
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SOURCE: Power Save mode on, can not use computer

If your computer is indeed running, simply unplug your monitor from the wall, and then plug it back in. This will bring your monitor out of power save mode instantly.

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