Question about Dell Inspiron 2200 Notebook
Your laptop normally has a power profile that shuts the monitor off in order to extend the life of your battery and your LCD panel (which isn't working, of course). If you don't want it to manage your settings for you, simply change the power profile to always stay on, or customize it according to your needs. The computer doesn't actually force the monitor to shut off, it just "cuts" the video feed to the monitor and the monitor then automatically goes into stand-by mode. However, if the system isn't reacting you're either having a problem "waking" the video card or there may be a HORM (hibernate-once-resume-many) driver problem, which is VERY difficult to diagnose. It may be better to just "go manual" and turn the monitor off yourself instead of letting Windows manage it for you.
To change your power profile go to Start > Control Panel > Power Options and change the power scheme to one that is more appropriate. Don't let the names fool you. "Always On" still shuts the monitor off after 20 minutes. The only one that truly stays on all the time is "Presentation." Make sure to click on either Apply > OK or OK to save your settings. You do have the choice of creating a "Custom Scheme" to further change the settings the way that you'd like.
Good for you, for not tossing your laptop. It sounds like it's still got some life left in it. You may even start checking eBay to see if anyone has an LCD panel for it. I've changed dozens of those things and they really aren't that difficult.
Posted on Nov 09, 2007
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