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Why does my laptop keep shutting down after a brief moment of inactivity? When I turn it back on and log in, everything I had open is still there. Thanks.

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  • Cindy Ard Oct 12, 2010

    Thanks a lot Shiela. I've changed the settings and was surprised to find them all set at 1 minute. Never had this problem before and I've used this laptop since about April. Don't know how or why the problem started happening. I'll wait a while and see if this does the trick before accepting your solution. Thanks again. This has been driving me nuts for a few days. :-) Cindy

  • Cindy Ard Oct 12, 2010

    P.S. -- some recent research on the net suggested this might be a fan or heat problem. What are thoughts about that? Thanks again!

  • Cindy Ard Oct 12, 2010

    Seems to have worked, Shiela. Wow - thank you sooo much! This is the first time I've used this site and I'm thrilled!

  • Cindy Ard Oct 12, 2010

    Yes. Fixed my problem and I couldn't be happier! Thanks.

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Cindy,
It is not that the laptop shuts off, it just goes into hibernation. This is a power saving mode whereby it saves power so that the battery lasts that much longer before being recharged. A good thing, as even during inactivity it is consuming power. The LCD is on, the HDD may be running, and so on.
However, if you do not like it then you can change it. Go to Control Panel->Power Options. Here you will find many options as to how the laptop should behave 1. when it is connected to the mains and 2. when it is running on its battery. So please set the parameters as you feel comfortable with. It is a hit and trial thing initially till you know what you are doing.

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  • Rinoo Kumari Oct 12, 2010

    You are welcome, Cindy.



    That also is possible. But you must first try the Settings solution. If that does not work then we may have to seek professional hardware help (I hope not.)

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