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The video goes to sleep.. and I can only get it back by powering down and back again.,.,..what a pain..???

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  • djmbs Mar 11, 2009

    -RSBennett

    -mysleuth

    -leecom72



    - This is an older salvaged machine that I did not have the passwords to, so I was in the process of re-installing WinXPP. I cannot even get thru the install before the video display goes into a "hibernate mode"..?? Never seen that before, and I've worked with PCs for years.. . only different thing with this box, is it has a SATA drive, otherwise I am pretty familiar with my way around these things... I have also set all bios settings to Factory Default



    This problem only appears when I get into the XP portion of the install, otherwise, the video remains "live"..ie- during bios setup, or early portion of install process

  • djmbs Mar 11, 2009

    leecom72.....



    VISTA.??? you gotta be kidding me..????

  • RSBennett
    RSBennett May 11, 2010

    Clarify a couple of things for me please.
    What operating system are you using?
    Does this happen while you are using the system or only after it sits idle for a while?

    Thanks in advance.


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I don't think it is your computer I think it is your monitor and your power options settings in the control panel. If you have turn off monitor after xx mins. and you have the wrong or no driver for your monitor then it go's to sleep and don't know how to wake up. Find the right driver for your monitor or chose never turn off monitor and use a screen saver. Please rate me, myseluth

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Hi there.
Go to the control panel, select power options and set the computer to never go to sleep, all the options and quick links are down the left hand side in Vista.

Good luck and thanks for using FixYa!!

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  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson Mar 17, 2009

    lol @ Vista, i'm a PC tech and i know what you mean.

    Right, firstly does the graphics run on board or have you a separate card?.
    If its runs on board share more memory to it and up it if you can.
    if its a separate card, that could be faulty.
    XP can run on 32MB of graphics memory so i find it strange that it only does this during XP install.
    Have you tried a boot CD to test the hardware?
    I recommend hirens boot CD, just download it and burn it off (its an ISO), use this disk to perform tests on the hardware, especially the graphics !!

    http://www.9down.com/Hiren-s-BootCD-9-5-...

    Post back with the results as I'm interested i this particular problem.

    Good luck


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