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Power saving options don't work

I set the monitor to turn off after 3 minutes and the hard drive to turn off after 5 but nothing happens. The numbers above are just examples no different times work either.

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  • chris dowell May 11, 2010

    How are you sure that these do not work will your monitor not turn off ?

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There might be something like " dell power settings/plan " in your control panel that are over ruling the settings that your adjusting

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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.
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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.
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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


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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

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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

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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

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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.
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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.
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Sir,
Does this happen when you leave your computer idle for few minutes? If so,then the Pc is
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