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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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When i power on my pc moniter not started hard disk light not blinking..


Are you powering on your computer and your monitor...

If your computer appears to boot, but nothing on your monitor...
Here's some tricks I would try. Something here, might help...
1. Verify the monitor's power cord is plugged firmly into the wall outlet and the back of the monitor.
2. Verify the monitor cable is firmly connected to the computer and the monitor.
3. Verify that you have turned the monitor power switch on.
4. If the power light on the monitor is not on, test the wall outlet (plug in a light or something you know works).
5. If the power light on the monitor is not on, try a different power cord.
6. If the power light is on and yellow or orange or flashing, but nothing displays, or the display is incorrect, borrow a monitor from a friend. If that works, your monitor probably needs replaced.
7. Also, you could try your monitor on a friend's computer. If it doesn't work, your monitor probably needs replaced. If it works properly on your friends computer, the problem may be with your computers video output port, motherboard video chip (or video card, if you have one), or drivers.
Good luck.

If your computer won't boot...
The hard drive, motherboard, or some other critical component may be failing, or just the OS or hard drive corrupted. If you have files that you do not want to lose, you could try this... Pull the hard drive out, and use a "USB Hard Drive Adapter" (available fairly cheap online) to connect the hard drive to a friend's computer, and save all the personal files (documents, pictures, etc.) you can to a folder on the friend's computer or an external hard drive. That way, at least you may not lose your files.
Then, you could try to do a Factory Restore or Reload on the computer, and if that works, copy your personal files back to your newly restored computer. Good luck.

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Is your hard drive or monitor randomly switching off after a few minutes of...


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.
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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.
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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


You can also check out my video tutorial on this below:

on Nov 13, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Won't go into sleep mode


Which operating system ?


Sleep mode on a Windows 7 PC saves power without you having to turn your computer off and without losing any work.


This option cuts the power to your monitor, powers down the hard drive and pauses all functions until you awaken the computer from hibernation.


Whether you have a laptop, desktop or workstation, putting your computer into sleep mode will lower your electric bill and save money!


Click the "Start" button in the lower left corner of your desktop. In the lower right corner of the Start menu, next to the "Shut Down" button, is a button labeled with a small, right-pointing arrow. Mouse over the arrow.


The Shut Down menu appears.

Point at "Sleep" and click on this option.

Your Windows 7 computer goes into sleep mode.


Wake your computer from sleep mode by jiggling the mouse.

There may be a delay of a few seconds before your hardware powers on.


All of your open programs are still open and your work is intact, just as you left it before the computer entered sleep mode.


Configure your Windows 7 PC to go into sleep mode automatically when it is not used for a certain amount of time.


Click "Start" and select "Control Panel." Click "System and Security."

Click "Power Options."

A menu opens.


Click on "Choose when the computer sleeps" and select the number of minutes of inactivity. You can also set a separate time interval to put your monitor into sleep mode.


If you set both to 10 minutes, then your PC and monitor will automatically go into sleep mode after 10 minutes of inactivity


Your Computer in sleep mode


First, save all of your work. Information in computer memory is not saved while your computer is on standby.


From the Start menu, select Settings, then Control Panel, then Power Management.


Click Standby Beside When I Push the Power Button.


Push the Power button.


Automatically Putting Your Computer on Standby


Save all work before leaving your computer.


From the Start menu, select Settings, then Control Panel.


Double-click Power Management.


Set the times that you want your system to go on standby, to shut off the monitor and to shut off the hard disks.


Click OK. Your computer will go on standby according to the schedule you have entered.


Putting Your Computer in Hibernation


From the Start menu, select Settings, then Control Panel.


Double-click Power Settings.


Click on the Advanced tab.


At the When I Push the Power Button On My Computer screen, click Hibernate.


Click the Power button.


Hope this helps.




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If i leave computer on without anyone using it . computer goes to black/dark screen , can't perform any functions. also computer crashes at times during use.


You need to check your power settings. It is being set to go to turn of the drivers after a certain amount of time.

Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options Then change the power options so it does not shut off the hard drive.

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I recently purchased a Toshiba Desktop External Hard Drive, Part # PH3200U-1EXB. The drive will not stay turned on for more that a few minutes. What gives?


The rason why the drive doesnt remain turned on for more than five minutes is that because it is opeariting in power save mode.
This is to save the power consumption of the hard drive.
Do the following steps. >>Open start menu and type in "power options"binesheb.jpg
>>click on change plan settings binesheb_0.jpg

>>click on change advanced power setting binesheb_1.jpg

>>select the hard disk binesheb_2.jpg
>>click on settings and adjust the time as your wish binesheb_3.jpg

>>click on ok and save your settings

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Emachines w3609 computer recovery disk to restore back to factory settings


When you reboot, press Alt + F10 to enter recovery/mode. The backup package is preinstalled on your hard drive.

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How do we turn off the POWER SAVING MODE on the monitor screen?


Try going into your Start Menu then going into your control panel...then clicking on your "power options"....then switching the options to 'always on'..if this does not work..(as it seems you may not be seeing this because the monitor is in power saving mode) try fiddling with the setup option on your monitor and find a possible powersaving mode enabled function and disable it. every monitor is different so I couldn't really help you here...if this doesn't yield results try another monitor to see if it's the monitor having the problems or the computers video card...the video card could very well be the culprit...

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After installing hard drive, monitor, keyboard, mouse not working


Have you tried to enter BIOS? Are you able to enter BIOS?? There may be an option you have to hit to enable SATA, and to select the boot device order, which may be messing things up.
Also, remember that STATIC ELECTRICITY is your enemy! Ground yourself when working inside the case.

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Screen keeps going blank


First thing to do is always check the cable. Make sure it push in all the way. If needed to screw it down. Could also be stand by time out. were the monitor is on a power saving mode. It will go black after 20 minutes or so. If this system stays on all of the time, change the power schemes to "Always On", just make sure you set the monitor and system or hard drive are set to "Never"

Check your power option in the control panel. Look for tab mark "Power Schemes"

Below are pull down menus to change the timeout setting for hard drive, monitor and system.

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Unwanted Auto Shut-down & subsequent hard drive crash


hi there
you have two solution available first option is installing windows xp by xp cd put the cd in cd drive and boot from it and choose to install windows on the c drive the same drive that has your old widows but you have to choose not to format the partition which will ask you to delet the windows folder and reinstall it BUT   !!!!!!!!!!    you have to be carfule with this option  dont choose to format the partion you have to choose keep the partion otherwise you will loose the data
secound option is to open the the pc case df04459.jpg and take out the hard drive dff18f3.jpgand then connect the hard drive to another pc by usb ide cable 645e5c7.jpg53f2c49.jpgtake all data you need and save it 

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