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Prevent Xp Computer From Going To Sleep


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#1 NCJason

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 02:25 PM

I have a Dell desktop computer running XP that keeps going to low power mode but I set the power mode to be "always on".
What can I do to prevent the computer from going to sleep/standby/hibernation?

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 02:40 PM

Hello, NCJason.

Does the power options window look exactly like this?
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Posted 17 June 2008 - 02:53 PM

That is how it is set ... and that is why I don't understand why it keeps going into low power mode.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 02:53 PM

You really could not have given a better answer to the original question. Nice work.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 02:58 PM

Some computers have power saving settings in the BIOS - that could be an issue.
Some computers have additional programs installed that affect the power settings - that could be the case with your Dell.
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Posted 17 June 2008 - 03:10 PM

Some computers have power saving settings in the BIOS - that could be an issue.


I have not looked in the BIOS yet but I will do that soon.

Some computers have additional programs installed that affect the power settings - that could be the case with your Dell.


I have removed most of the OEM installed software from the system. If the additional software is installed I don't think it is listed in add/remove programs. There are no power icons in the systray. How can I tell if there is any such software installed?

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 03:13 PM

What model is your dell?

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 03:21 PM

What model is your dell?


It is a Dell OptiPlex GX520

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 03:54 PM

To others:

It doesn't seem Dell provides power management software for that machine (as they usually don't do with desktops).

Is this a fresh installation of windows?

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EDIT: You should also know that power management settings are set Per User in windows XP. So if you changed the settings under one account, they won't be the same for another account.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 04:08 PM

To others:

It doesn't seem Dell provides power management software for that machine (as they usually don't do with desktops).

Is this a fresh installation of windows?

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EDIT: You should also know that power management settings are set Per User in windows XP. So if you changed the settings under one account, they won't be the same for another account.


It is a clean install from the OEM recovery with most of the trial software removed. The install only has one user.

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