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My computer will only turn on in "sleep mode"

Anytime i turn on my comp, a desktop, it will only start in sleep mode ie. the power button is orange and not green like a normal start up. The cd/dvd opens and closes but the mouse and the keyboard have no power, and the monitor says "screen in power save mode". All i can do is turn it off and on by holding down the power button nothing else...any ideas?

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  • tlittle187 Jun 19, 2009

    thx for the advice but the thing is i can't even turn my comp on...period...i have no option to do anything...as soon as i even plug my comp into the outlet it is immediately in sleep mode it won't boot at all. it was my friends old comp so im assuming it's WIN '98 or something along those lines...he said it worked fine for him but i can't even get it to turn on...

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You have to go to control panel/power options, make sure that you just disable sleep mode or hibernation and also that it is set to turn on and off when you press power button or shutdown. What Operating System are you running ie: Vista, XP? You might need to switch control panel to classic view to see power options. If this doesn't work then sometimes it can be set in the bios. Repost if that is the case and I will give you instructions.

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  • Jason Jun 19, 2009

    It either has no operating system on it (do you get the post screen...where the white writing runs across the screen?) or it is set to start in sleep mode. Try turning on and holding down the delete key or maybe f2 key. this will take you straight into BIOS, you can click on the power settings tab and make sure it doesn't have sleep enabled but I recommend going straight to the exit tab and and load system defaults then exit saving changes. The tab names and layout can vary depending on mainboard brand and its BIOS. Hope this helps, keep me informed.

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When the computer is on try just pushing the power button in and out once. if this doesn't work you may need to change some settings in the startup setup menu to keep sleep mode off. Usually when a computer is turned on there is something like "press F1 for Bios or DEL (something else) for setup" setup is where you'll want to go. it will look like an old MS DOS program but using your arrow keys to navigate you should be able to change the settings.

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