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Power management in E1705....

Discussion in 'Dell' started by sarathan, Mar 21, 2006.

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  1. sarathan

    sarathan Notebook Enthusiast

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    I'm having a problem with the power management settings in my E1705. I have it set to the Portable/Laptop scheme. Half of the time, the computer will not turn do anything it's supposed to do, i.e. turn off monitor or turn off hard disks, and it just stays on with the screen saver all day. The other half of the time, the monitor will turn off or the hard drive will turn off, but then I can't get it back on by moving the mouse or pressing keys so I have to press the power button to turn it off then turn it back on. This is so irritating. The only thing this computer *does* do right is hibernate when I close the lid. What is the deal? Does anyone know what the problem is?

    Thanks!
     
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    Amber Notebook Prophet NBR Reviewer

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    If you haven't reformatted, that could be part of the problem. The laptops have so much junkware that the junk sometimes can cause the laptop to stay on when it shouldn't.

    As for waking up your laptop, if it is in hibernation (meaning screen and hdd are turned off) you must hit the power button to wake it up. It is only when the laptop is in standby mode where it will wake up with the touch of the mouse or key.

    If you still have dell's Quickset installed, I would use it instead of XP's power management. Quickset is more user friendly and I think it is more reliable.

    Can you tell us what you have your power management settings set to?
     
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    xAMDvsIntelx Notebook Deity

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    I've actually experienced something of the sort - my monitor will shut down as it is supposed to, but it won't turn back on. I was about an inch from returning the notebook to Dell, but re-loading the BIOS seemed to help the situation - I haven't noticed the problem since I've done that at least. The BIOS is available on Dell's Support Site.
     
  4. sarathan

    sarathan Notebook Enthusiast

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    SouthernGirl- Oh, I'm the queen of reformatting, lol. I have been apart of the whole MediaDirect re-installation fiasco. Thanks for tip with Quickset. I was using the Portable/Laptop scheme through Win XP, but I'll do my own scheme through QuickSet and see if that helps.

    I'll also try updating my BIOS.
     
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    Amber Notebook Prophet NBR Reviewer

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    LOL, that's good.

    I've had to reformat twice in the past week, so we can be sisters :)

    It could very well be a BIOS problem. Since my last reformat, when my LCD turns off the screen, it doesn't always come back on. This isn't standby or anything - closing the lid can even cause it. Like yours mine is sparatic.

    Let us know if you have better luck with the flash BIOS
     
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