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Dell Monitor Power Save Mode Problem

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The power save mode is a great feature for reducing electricity costs and preventing damage to your laptop screen.

However, it can be quite annoying if you’re briefly called away from your computer, only to find it turned off when you return a few moments later.

Here’s how you can prevent power save mode from irritating you every day.

To disable a Dell Monitor power save mode, change your power management settings in windows. In the control panel, select power options. Click “Show additional plans” and enable the “high performance” button. Select “Never” next to “Turn off display” for both “on battery” and ”plugged in” and save.

These settings all fall under the “Change Plan Settings” option under the High Performance options. The editor window opens to allow you to make changes to how the monitor behaves when the computer is both plugged in and running on the battery only.

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An alternative way to change the power save mode options is to access it via your desktop taskbar.

1. On the right of your screen, click the power icon in the taskbar.

2. Select the “More power options” in the window that pops up.

3. At the bottom of the power options window (under the Additional Plans section), then select the button next to “high performance”.

4. To open the plan settings editor, you must select the link titled “change plans settings” next to the ”high performance” setting.

5. You can then change the option to turn off the display. Set it to “never” on both the headings for “plugged in” and “on battery”.

6. Finally, save your configuration so that the monitor is never turned off, no matter how long you are away from your computer.

Often, the cause of computer problems lies outside the computer.

If your monitor suddenly starts playing up and you have not made any changes to your settings, updated the operating system, or installed new hardware, consider the connections to your laptop or PC.

A faulty or loose VGA or HDMI cable can cause the monitor to lose signal. If this is an intermittent fault, it can cause the monitor to go into power save mode.

Check that your cables are securely fixed to the monitor and the laptop. Also, check that power cords are secure at both ends, especially if you have a charger that is plugged in and out often as you move your laptop around.

The cables and connections do fail and problems that don’t respond to normal fixes can sometimes be eliminated by simply changing a cable or making sure that it is secure.

How to Fix Dell Monitor Keeps Going Into Power Save Mode

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Having an additional monitor is great for productivity, but it is beyond irritating to take a phone call and when you turn back to your machine, the monitor is off and in power save mode.

To fix a Dell monitor from entering power save mode, click the start button and type “control panel. Under the appearance and personalization option, select “display”. You now have the option to turn the display off setting to “Never”. Save the changes and exit the control panel.

Once your monitor enters power save mode, you only have to tap the spacebar or the enter key to wake it up.

Another way to exit power save mode is to tap the power button on a Dell laptop or the power button on a Dell tower.

When the Dell monitor is in power save mode, the screen will be totally black. If the screen goes into standby mode, you’ll see a screensaver appear on the screen. To exit standby mode, you just have to tap any key on the keyboard again or move the mouse.

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To change the power settings on your Dell monitor, you can right-click on your desktop and choose the properties option.

On the screensaver tab, select ‘power”.

You’ll have the option to “turn off monitor” after a set amount of time. Use the dropdown menu to select the amount of time you deem appropriate and then press “apply”.

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Pressing the power button will not take the screen out of power-saving mode. It will just turn the screen off.

However, sometimes this doesn’t work and you’re left with your monitor stuck in power save mode.

How to Get Out of Dell Monitor Stuck Power Save Mode

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This is not a very common problem with the latest updates to Windows, but it is an issue with older versions.

When the monitors enter “power save mode” but the computer stays on, it is most likely a problem with the fast start up option.

To get a Dell monitor out of power save mode, make changes to the fast startup option. In the control panel, select the power options and then choose “what the power buttons do”. Click “change settings that are currently available”. Under “Shutdown settings”, uncheck “turn on fast start up”.

After making the changes to the fast startup settings, save the settings and shut down your computer.  

After a few minutes, start your computer by pressing the power button and the problem should be fixed.

If you are still experiencing this problem, then you may want to restore the default power plan settings.

You do this by entering the control panel and clicking on the “power options” icon. Then select “Change advanced power settings”.

Scroll to the option to “restore default settings for this plan” and save.

After saving your settings, switch off the computer and wait a few minutes before turning it on again. The monitor power save mode issue should now be a thing of the past.

How to Turn Off/Disable Dell Monitor Power Save Mode

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When connecting a laptop to a Dell monitor, it may decide to enter power save mode after a short period.

While exiting power save mode is normally accomplished by moving your mouse or tapping on the keyboard, there are occasions when this does not work and you are stuck having to reboot your laptop.

To turn off or disable a Dell monitor power save mode setting, click the power icon on the desktop taskbar. In the pop-up window, click on the “more power options” link. Enable the “high performance” option by clicking the radio button. Follow the “change plan settings” link to edit the options.

There are two options to edit, one is in the “on battery” tab and the other is under the “plugged in” tab.

Both of these tabs should be set to “never”. In this way, the computer is set to keep the screens on, no matter what happens with the keyboard activity and whether the laptop is plugged into a power supply or not.

There is one other situation that you may find yourself in that will trigger the power save mode from which you cannot escape.

This is when the CMOS battery on your motherboard dies and no longer holds any power.

The computer will sense that the motherboard is without power, it will fail to maintain its settings once the mains or battery power is switched off, and so it will enter power save mode.

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There is only one solution to this dilemma and that is to replace the CMOS battery with a new one. This battery normally only fails after a long period of use on older laptops.

If you still have your laptop manual, then you can purchase the appropriate battery ahead of time. Otherwise, you’ll have to open the laptop case to retrieve it first before purchasing a replacement.

The Matherboard batteries look somewhat like watch batteries and you must be especially careful when removing them so that you don’t break the plastic tab that holds the battery in place.

Once you have replaced the battery, close the laptop and start the laptop. You can ignore any warning popups. You’ll have to enter the BIOS settings to reset your date and time. Check your manual for the key sequence that you must press to access your BIOS settings.

Once in the BIOS, you have the option to set your date and time, after which you must save your settings, usually by pressing F10.

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The laptop will then boot as per normal and you should see the correct date and time in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

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