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Dell E173FP stuck in power save mode

When I turn the monitor on I get a message "In power save mode press any key on keyboard or move mouse" I press keys and move the mouse but nothing happens.  I turned the monitor removed the cables checked the pins and they were fine.  I turn the monitor back on but did not reconnect the cable and I get the floating test screen.  When I plug the cable back in I again get the same error message

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  • TPUser Nov 23, 2007

    Exactly the same problem with Dell Monotor stuck in Power Save Mode, but can't get into the PC to Appearance and Themes to fix the problem as suggested above because of the problem with the monitor. Catch 22?

  • hersham dude Dec 26, 2007

    Yes i have the same problem with my monitor tonight. So now that i have no screen to view, how do i correct the problem?

  • John_45 Dec 27, 2007

    Have exactly the same problem with my recently purchased 2004 dell LCD monitor. Worked fine at the shop but not at home. Plugged it into a friends PC (who has a $200+ graphics card installed to run games) and it worked fine. But in my PC it is stuck in power save mode. Is there a patch that can be run on my PC to fix this?

  • dave1229 Jan 02, 2008

    When I turn the monitor on I get a message "In power save mode press any key on keyboard or move mouse" I press keys and move the mouse but nothing happens.

  • dave1229 Jan 02, 2008

    When I turn the monitor on I get a message "In power save mode press any key on keyboard or move mouse" I press keys and move the mouse but nothing happens. I've tried unplugging, installing new drivers, etc. Nothing has worked.

  • Buffyla Feb 23, 2008

    My computer is completely stuck in Power saving mode. It won't even go off. I unplug it for some time and come back the next day, plug it in and I can still hear it running. Even the CD drive will open and seemingly commence,then nothing happens. The monitor reads, warning...your computer is going to power saving mode. I can't get any screen up or nothing. Tried pressing F8 a few times and it would seem like it will boot,then stop. Nothing.

  • jw07 Mar 09, 2008

    My screen stays in power safe mode. I keep moving the move and pressing buttons on the keyboard but nothing happens... help!

  • Anonymous Apr 09, 2008

    When I turn the monitor on I get a message "In power save mode press any key on keyboard or move mouse" I press keys and move the mouse but nothing happens. I turned the monitor removed the cables checked the pins and they were fine. I turn the monitor back on but did not reconnect the cable and I get the floating test screen. When I plug the cable back in I again get the same error message

  • Anonymous Jul 22, 2008

    I just hate that

  • Anonymous Aug 06, 2008

    I've same problem on various Dell Monitor. A solutio is to unplug the cable, plug it on a second monitor working then replug it on first monitro. Lot of times it works but it's a bit boring...

  • primitiveang Aug 06, 2008

    shut the dell XPD 400 series in safe mode.

    when wanting to power back on I get the message "power Save Mode" "Press any key or move the mouse to continue"

    I did this but still nothing

  • yodas lad Aug 17, 2008

    tried the same as lady in waiting getting the same results

  • omarion2nick Aug 23, 2008

    my computer montior keep saying in power saving mode and i cant turn my montior back on

  • mmaanic Sep 08, 2008

    i alos have the same problem ... mine also beeps really anoyingly when you try to restart it..

  • Anonymous Sep 13, 2008

    lcd monitor in power save

  • dtl78 Oct 19, 2008

    I have the same issue... but I doubt it is a monitor issue... or a monitor cable issue... or a graphics card issue. I have two PCs; the PC with the problem is a running Win XP-Pro ( and was running fine for 2 years or more). The other PC (the one I am on now) runs Win2000Pro. The XP box suddenly contracted this "In Power Save Mode" screen, so I did some surfing to figure it out and have done the following things... (1) swapped graphics cards with a known good unit... (2) switched out monitors... (3) switched out monitor video cables... (4) swapped out the PC power supply for a new (and beefier) one... (5) replaced the CMOS battery (as suggested on a different site)... (6) connected different (known to be functional) keyboard and mouse. All failed to clear up this "In Power Save" mode" screen. Though this was not my original configuration, I am currently connected to both PCs via an A-B switch, so I can control both PCs from one keyboard-mouse-monitor and continue testing different ideas. When I switch over to "B", this monitor will go blank and give me the "In Power Save mode" message. I switch back to "A" (and the Win2000 box) and here I am typing away... so the problem is definitely not the monitor or the cables. I have also switched the leads on the A-B switch I am currently using to ensure that this is not an issue. I am open to any "fresh" ideas anyone may have... please help!!

  • montelllll Dec 23, 2008

    when I turn on the computer is says power save mode click button or move mouse I do both things and it still dont work. my monitor only turns on when I click the menu button and thats when it says power save mode. is there any PROPHESSIONALS that can help me.

  • Anonymous Dec 23, 2008

    have gone and got new keyboard and mouse not sure what else to do dont have money to get new monitor or call dell as its £25 just to call em

  • Anonymous Dec 31, 2008

    my monitor stays in safe mode, says to hit any keys or mouse, but that does not work.

  • Anonymous Jan 03, 2009

    MY COMPUTER IS STUCK IN POWER SAVE MODE HOW DO I GET COMPUTER WORKING

  • Kurtis Brown Jan 05, 2009

    When I turn the monitor on I get a message "In power save mode press any key on keyboard or move mouse" I press keys and move the mouse but nothing happens. I turned the monitor removed the cables checked the pins and they were fine. I turn the monitor back on but did not reconnect the cable and I get the floating test screen. When I plug the cable back in I again get the same error message

  • Anonymous Jan 06, 2009

    my comp is stuck in power save mode. checked all connections, but they are all good. replaced keyboard w/ps2, still no joy. un hooked all connections on motherboard and reinstalled back, still no go please help.

  • Anonymous Jan 10, 2009

    same problem, can't fix it.

  • thinkpiece Jan 12, 2009

    i turn computer on and my monitor is blank. i push some little button on monitor and it says my computer is in power save mode. press any key or move mouse. um, nothing happens! my mouse and keyboard are not doing anything! so, please tell me what to do. i hear the tower humming, but i dont know how to see monitor. i unplug cords, turn off and on, press f2 f8, ive tried everything!

  • sisca_stmj Jan 22, 2009

    My LCD still in save mode at 2 second >>???

  • mmkedinger Mar 29, 2009

    The dell dhp04 computer with monitor model E172 FP





    after shut down and rebooting continually comes up with the message on the screen of "power save mode". How do I fix?



    mmkedinger@yahoo.com

  • keithsecker Apr 08, 2009

    I have the same (similar) problem. I have a Dell D620 with a Dell 2nd monitor, everything hass been working fine for 2yrs now, until the other day. I went away from my machine, came back 1hr later and all of my apperance settinsg had reset (background, annoying indows sounds, theme, etc) then I noticed my 2nd monitor was blank too.
    Pressing the control buttons on the front (colour, contract, etc) brings up a message

    "Monitor in Power Save mode, activate via PC".

    I tried pressing the Fn+F8 and going to Desktop - Settings - Extend dual screen thing

    Eventually I just pressed the power button on the front of the monitor. Big mistake! Now the monitor seems completely DEAD!
    Even though Windows (XPsp3) knows the monitor is there (it appears in my dual screen settings) I can not so much as get a flashing green standby LCD.
    I have tried my laptop on 3 other monitors and they are all the same!

  • keithsecker Apr 08, 2009

    I have the same (similar) problem. I have a Dell D620 with a Dell 2nd monitor, everything hass been working fine for 2yrs now, until the other day. I went away from my machine, came back 1hr later and all of my apperance settinsg had reset (background, annoying indows sounds, theme, etc) then I noticed my 2nd monitor was blank too.
    Pressing the control buttons on the front (colour, contract, etc) brings up a message

    "Monitor in Power Save mode, activate via PC".

    I tried pressing the Fn+F8 and going to Desktop - Settings - Extend dual screen thing

    Eventually I just pressed the power button on the front of the monitor. Big mistake! Now the monitor seems completely DEAD!
    Even though Windows (XPsp3) knows the monitor is there (it appears in my dual screen settings) I can not so much as get a flashing green standby LCD.
    I have tried my laptop on 3 other monitors and they are all the same!

  • Anonymous May 07, 2009

    i turn my computer on and the screen pop a message saying on power save mode what should i do

  • Anonymous May 07, 2009

    same problem here with my Dell lcd monitor.
    monitor seems to be receiving the data from computer
    i play with the button in front but i can only receive data for no more than a couple of second,and then it's gone.
    is there something wrong with the configuration of the monitor?

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Just had the same problem... what worked for me was simple. Unplug the cable from the monitor, hit the power button a few times until Dell screen poped up with a few color bars because it knew it was no longer connected to a PC. Then plugged the cable back in and all was fixed.

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  • Mercurious Nov 15, 2010

    Before you go out and overhaul your computer with new power supply, cables, memory sticks and a cocktail umbrella, try this simple fix above. I was ready to throw my Dell SZX2210 monitor out the window; spent an hour trying to get the Power Save mode in sync with my computer so I could turn the damn thing off. It seems to happen when I unplug my main computer to use my Lenovo tablet PC for scanning. Anyway, this fix about actually is a FIX. It worked exactly as advertised the first time. Now I have a fix whenever it reoccurs. What a shame it takes individuals figuring things out and having to share online because Dell engineers can't seem to work out the issue in the first place. JLTJJ, hats off to you...YOU'RE TOPS!

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    ZINI X Jan 05, 2014

    It worked, Thank you:)

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What if both the monitor and computer are stuck in power saver? There is no way to get to the control panel. Then what?

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How do I get out of the power save mode?

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This just happened to a friend of mine.Monitor in power save mode,no response from keyboard or mouse.After much frustration broke down and called Dell technical support.It turned out to be a bad memory stick.After turning off the computer we removed one of the memory sticks and booted up again.It worked,no longer in power save mode.Then we did the same thing with the other memory stick.Back in power save mode! Computer is much slower with just one 512 but as soon as we add another memory card it will be back to normal.Hopefully this helps someone

Posted on Nov 06, 2008

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    Kevin Clayburn Sep 29, 2011

    great post this was the problem hope more people read it

  • mizzlopez Feb 12, 2013

    wheres the memory stick

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I know how to fix this. In Control Panel - Appearance and Themes - Display, pick "Settings".. make sure that in the "Display" pull-down, you select "1. (Multiple Monitors)".

It should work fine :)

Posted on Nov 03, 2007

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I had the same problem and found two ways to correct it.
1. You can try hitting the minus (-) button on the monitor. You should get the colorful input test. If it says 2. Digital, then hit it again until the analog comes up. Apparently the analog can get changed to digital which disables or puts to sleep the analog feed (your PC). If this doesn't do it...
2. You will need a laptop. Plug the video cable into your laptop. If the screen does not come up, then close the lid on your laptop. It should come up then. At this point you need to go into the menu on the monitor and reset "all" back to factory. You can then put it back on your pc and it should come up just fine.

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I have the same problem, although it hasnt been solved by any of your solutions sadly!
I turn my computer on
The screen power button turns green for a second then to orange.. then the message "in power save mode, move the mouse or any key on the keyboard blah blah"..
So i move my mouse and press my keys.. nothing.
I remove the cables (any) cos im so frustrated, switch the switches and unplug the plugs over and over again..
sometimes 40 minutes later it finally turns on.

I have to do this ..every.. single.. time..
and its really annoying, i know nothing about computers and so please help anyone.
thanks !

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Well i have fix lots of these most of the time it requires no parts but it is solder joint that need to be resoldered dur to cracked solder joints these were all factory solder by a mechine and have poor solder joint to begin with i have repaired 100s of these issues just by resolder all the joints look close at the bottem of the board and i bet my next pay check you would find bad solder is all the problem you have

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I tried sol #1, #2, #3, #4, and #5. When I got to #5 Viola! That did it. Thanks replace the bad cable.

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I have had this problem since purchasing the Dell monitor a month ago. I made sure that on the monitor itself the setting was selected at Auto & it is working now. We shall see

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I have the same problem, mine got worse with time, initially I could reboot and the monitor would come back on but then it eventurally stayed in power saving mode. My old monitor works fine when I reinstalled it. My old monitor relied on windows to turn off the screen. I think the new monitor has a power saving mode in it that conflicts with windows. I am running Windows 7. There are a lot of posts about this on the internet but I have not seen a solution yet, except to return the monitor.

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I did a system restore on my pc from last month when I knew the monitor (Dell 1707fp) and Tv were working.

I'm now back in business.

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Did you update your Video card drivers recently?.....i'm finding thet the newest nvidia drivers (For 9 series cards) are giving this issue.

Simplest fix...(if this is the case) reinstall an earlier driver...

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If you have added a memory stick make sure it is seated in the slot correctly. If not check the sticks already installed to make sure they are seated completely and clipped into place. Always unplug your tower before checking your memory sticks.

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We just had the same problem, and the solution was to unplug both the monitor and computer from wall outlet(120vac power). Wait at least 30 seconds, then plug both in again, then turn them on. Be patient, you'll still get the power saving mode message, but it will boot up anyway. Hope this helps.

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Oft monitor repairs differs in many kind of problems a suggestion for handlings is is realy hard to find if something worked correct before and all handlings are present before and worked when this happens and from the one to other time the unit no longer functions, noticed that I had found a small 15 " Dell monitor by the trash a 7 years ago and succesfully have repaired where the first error discovered which started primary in power part of the one print board integrated Dell and I pretty much exactly had the same elements problems like and shows as the lower link.
Albeit it was a different model still like to see the link which shows a similar problem, here are connoisseurs behind the hidden defects in Dell monitors with a lot of knowledge.!! Replace in the first place to be shure the is a a flat dc always the great capacitor to begin and take a little oversized capacitor parts if it can fit and use a 200 watt lamp in serial on the power supply to search for faults in case to test if several damaged parts are replaced to test it first.
The first error discovered which started primary and I pretty much exactly had the same elements ironer shows as lower link.
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For me it is a graphics card issue, I have reverted to onboard graphics and all is fine now, I had unplugged the computer and moved it so a pin must have come out of place as my graphics card is no longer recognised, I switched to VGA socket and all is fine with onboard, altough not as fast a lot less noisy and I have to hit F1 to say I am aware I am not using my graphics card (I'm not a technie so don't know/want to mess with the card until I can pay someone, so yeah anyway that fixed it.

Posted on May 22, 2012

Cured the problem with dell 1713FP 17" LCD monitor by accessing safe mode on pc then apgrading graphics card via the web

Posted on Nov 08, 2008

I seem to get problem with my Dell monitor after opening my computer--which involves unplugging and re-plugging the USB inputs for my wireless keyboard/mouse combo. I gather that I can't wake the monitor because the keyboard and mouse aren't yet awake which leads to a Catch-22.

The general solution has been to plug the monitor into my laptop (in my case I need to also switch my monitor from DVI-D to VGA input), then shift the laptop into multiple monitor mode (Control Panel... Display... Settings... Click the picture of monitor 2... Check "Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor"). This may bring the monitor to life... or may not, depending on how "confused" it is. Extra hocus-pocus may be required...

For instance, it may help to power down the monitor, unplug all inputs, then power back up. The monitor hovers in a moment of hesitation -- it really wants to "power save" -- then jumps to the panicked conclusion that there's ZERO input and gives a new floating screen with color bars. After that, when plug my laptop in, the monitor listens. Then I switch over to DVI-D input and... there's my long lost desktop.

Who knows, the hocus-pocus on its own might sometimes do the trick...

Cruising other forums I see hints that this trouble may be linked to an underpowered video card, with suggestions to invest in a beefier power supply. In my case, this is likely sound advice.

Good luck all!

Posted on Apr 30, 2008

That's funny, I just had this problem yesterday. I hope you haven't totally trashed the monitor yet, because the problem is probably with the cable that connects your monitor to you computer. At least that was the case for me, and a simple replacement ($10 at office depot) did it for me.  Hope that helps!

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Remove your ram swap the modules positions reboot it should work fine.

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Here take a look at this http://www.ccl-la.com/LCDrepair2.htm

Posted on Mar 18, 2010

Shut down your computer, unplug your screen, and the power cable of your pc. Then keep pressing the power button in order to empty the condensators. (you will see the leds going on, and then nothing).

Then replug all your cable, and boot your pc.

Posted on Aug 25, 2008

  • freespool Dec 13, 2010

    solution three worked for me. this is the 2nd time this has happened. so if I have to keep powering down what is causing it to do this after 5 yrs?

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